The 49ers enacted a very well-known strategy in this free agency period: patience. With it, they didn't sign any of the big-name free agents and march into a cap grey area, but over the last few days, have quietly added six starters in free agency. After losing Nate Clements, Dashon Goldson, Manny Lawson, David Baas and Aubrayo Franklin, the 49ers have brought in Carlos Rogers, Madieu Williams, Donte Whitner, Jonathan Goodwin and Braylon Edwards. All five of those players will likely be starting in 2011.
So how about the Raiders across the Bay? Well, patience lost them Nnamdi Asomugha and Zach Miller, but it's debatable as to whether or not they would actually return to the Raiders, regardless of the offer. They were not, however, very patient with Michael Huff, as Adam Schefter tweets:
49ers committed $16 mil in 2011 to Akers, Rogers, Goodwin, Whitner, Edwards, Williams. Raiders committed $16 mil in 2011 to Michael Huff.
Now, Huff isn't bad by any means, but ... when you put it that way, one has to feel like the 49ers are doing awfully well for themselves this free agency period.