This was an interesting signing by the 49ers because it contradicts what CEO Jed York has prioritized in the past: that he wants to win “with class.” While Simpson does have talent, the league has suspended him multiple times. The former second-round pick has shown flashes of greatness in his career but has struggled to stay on the field.
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Darnell Dockett— Grade: B+
Dockett signed a two-year deal with the 49ers worth $7.5 million after being cut by the Cardinals. Dockett comes off a season where he did not play because of a torn ACL suffered in training camp. He has been a thorn in the side 49ers' side for years, so they gladly welcome him to their defensive line. The Niners hope he will help stop the run and put some pressure on the QB.
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Kyle Nelson — Grade: A-
This isn't a sexy signing, but it was a smart move to lock up long snapper Kyle Nelson to a four-year deal. He is one of the few long snappers in the league who can snap the ball on a punt and then run down the field and make a tackle on the returner, too.
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Garrett Celek — Grade: C+
Celek will compete for backup tight end role after signing a one-year deal with San Francisco. Last season, he caught two passes for 53 yards in three games for the 49ers. Celek provides some depth at the position and is a solid blocker. The Niners hope he can stay healthy and be a threat in the red zone.
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Torrey Smith — Grade: A
This signing is one of the bigger surprises of the offseason, as not many expected the Niners to be big players in free agency. This was a big move with the 49ers likely to lose Crabtree and Stevie Johnson. Smith signed for five years and $40 million with $22 million guaranteed. He will likely jump in as the 49ers' new No. 1 WR and is poised to be a staple at the position for years to come.
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Blaine Gabbert — Grade: C
The QB market is very slim. With few options, the 49ers settled for their backup from last season in Gabbert. He signed a two-year deal for $2 million. Look for the 49ers to draft a QB in the later rounds and try to develop him as the third-string option.
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Reggie Bush — Grade: B
The 49ers signed Bush to a two-year deal. This is an interesting signing, as it looks like the 49ers will use the running-back-by-committee approach this season. Bush is likely to be featured a lot as a third-down back and will be a huge help to Kaepernick out of the backfield. If Bush can stay healthy, this may be one of the better free-agent signings this offseason.
Erik Pears — Grade: B
The 49ers were very thin on the OL after losing Iupati to free agency. Pears is special in that he can play multiple positions on the offensive line. He will compete for the starting guard job this season and could also be used as a backup tackle throughout the year.
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Chris Cook — Grade: C-
Cook showed promise in six games last year for the 49ers before being placed on injured reserve. Cook is not likely to start next season and will mostly get time on special teams and as a backup cornerback.
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Shareece Wright — Grade: C+
The 49ers wasted no time signing Wright after Culliver and Cox bolted in free agency. Wright has started 27 games for the Chargers in his career. He has a lot of experience on the field but led the league in pass-interference penalties last season. Wrights will compete for a starting job in training camp with veterans Tremaine Brock and Dontae Johnson.