The San Francisco 49ers’ 15 Greatest Free Agent Acquisitions of All Time

March 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I suppose the title of this article calls for a bit of clarification. When referring to "free agents," I will be using the term as it relates to the current system of free agency that was instituted in 1993. As such, you will not be seeing names such as Russ Francis, Matt Millen, or Roy Foster. Technically, though, I suppose they were free agents. Francis had retired from football and the Raiders had summarily cut Millen. Francis’ story, at any rate, deserves a mention As you may recall, Francis had retired from football after playing for the New England Patriots for five years. He was working as a commentator for ABC at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii and ran into none other than Bill Walsh. Walsh convinced Francis that there was only one time in your life that you could play football and that time was now. Francis signed with Walsh and the 49ers and played for them from 1982 to 1987, winning a Super Bowl with the ’84 team. In the interest of brevity, though (sort of), I...

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