While some other NFL organizations routinely go outside to acquire a high-priced player who immediately becomes a top-paid player on the team, the 49ers have a different approach.

General manager Trent Baalke and president Paraag Marathe believe in rewarding players who have proven themselves with the 49ers.

Baalke takes a lot of factors into consideration, including how a player would fit into their team’s offensive or defensive system, as well as how a player’s personality would fit into the locker room.

And as the 49ers’ chief negotiator and salary-cap guru, Marathe is entrusted with the duty of making the pieces fit financially. It’s his job to figure out how a player’s contract into the organization’s salary-cap structure -- both short term and long term.

The 49ers will likely look for veteran help at cornerback and wide receiver. And their history suggests it's highly unlikely they will be aggressive when free agency begins on March 11 and raise any offer to compete for any player on the free-agent market.

The top cornerbacks available are Miami’s Brent Grimes and Indianapolis’ Vontae Davis (Vernon’s brother). There’s talk that Miami could place the franchise tag on Grimes. And if he’s in that conversation, that would appear to price him out of the 49ers’ market. Davis had a good season, and he’s only 26 years old. He should cash in with a big deal, too.

Ultimately, the 49ers could look for a player who slips through the cracks a little bit. That player could be their own free agent, Tarell Brown. The 49ers handed Brown $300,000 late in the season as a good-will gesture after he unknowingly forfeited a $2 million escalator by not participating in the team’s offseason program. In any event, the 49ers can be expected to invest in a cornerback in the draft, too.