McCluster may be an option at a bargain

There is no doubt the San Francisco 49ers' focus in free agency, which begins Tuesday, will be to keep their own players: safety Donte Whitner, cornerback Tarell Brown and kicker Phil Dawson.

But the 49ers will also likely bargain shop for a few pieces. Among the position they may look at is receiver. Last week, we looked at the possibility of the team considering Minnesota receiver Jerome Simpson. Another name to consider may be Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster.

McCluster, who likely will not be too expensive, can help as a returner as well as a receiver. The Chiefs had high hopes for McCluster, who they took in the second round in 2010, but he never made a huge impact for them on offense. He is, however, versatile and can play running back as well.

The 49ers already have their own second-round player who has yet to make an impact. Oregon running back LaMichael James, who was taken in 2012, is a similar player who hasn't been able to make his mark. If would be interesting to see what the team would do with James, who finished the season as the return man, if the team does pursue McCluster.

There certainly could be a scenario where both were kept. I don't think McCluster would be a priority, but I do think he could be somewhere on the team's wish list.