The Ravens won the Super Bowl, and their ultimate reward may be the loss of more than a few free agents. The 49ers finished second, but they’ll likely endure far less roster turmoil and turnover in 2013.
The list of potential free agents, as broken down by Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, is led by tight end Delanie Walker.
A receiver at Central Missouri, Walker shifted to tight end at the NFL level but has languished in the long shadow of Vernon Davis. Another team could see Walker as the starter — and that team could be willing to pay Walker accordingly.
Other potential free agents include safety Dashon Goldson (who wants a long-term deal after spending a season under the franchise tag, and could indeed get it), receiver Randy Moss, nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, nose tackle Ricky Jean Francois, and receiver Ted Ginn.
Still, most of the core of the team will be back on both sides of the ball, unless the 49ers opt to make changes.