For those keeping tabs, as of today February has sucked for 39.28% 42.85% 46.43% of its total suckdomness. Excruciating.
The 49ers have not signed any players or released any players. No one has gotten the franchise tag. The fates of Dashon Goldson, Manny Lawson, David Baas, and Abrayo Franklin remain a mystery. The team has until March 3rd to re-sign these fellows, franchise one of them, or watch them hit the FA trail and probably not return.
Of this bunch, Franklin is the most important player to retain. Without him, the defense would be missing its nose, which would have the same effect as would occur if a humanoid were missing this piece: instant ugly.
The franchise tag for DTs/NTs skyrockets this year from $7 million per year to $12 million. For this inflation, we can thank Dan Snyder and Albert Haynesworth. The 49ers won’t franchise Abrayo at this figure, so they have until March 3rd to sign him to a contract or watch him walk away.
It would not be a stretch to envision Trent Baalke and Vic Fangio having quite an extended confab over Franklin, as well as the other defensive players mentioned above. We don’t know what Fangio thinks of the players he has inherited or what Baalke thinks, but the decision ultimately resides in Baalke’s lap. We think he better get this guy re-signed.
Baas is probably not going to be back. He got lucky this past year with the injury to Eric Heitmann, and instead of hitting free agency as a backup left guard, he will enter the market as a pretty good starting center. So long, David. We will miss the yearly jokes about your latest training camp injury and the over/under on when it will occur. DelMar runs a side bet on what part of Baas’ torso will break down, but that pool is for hardcore gambling addicts only.
Lawson is probably gone, too. He’s a good linebacker and a fine fellow, but he’ll be valued more in free agency than he will be here in SF. His exodus will be sad for this scribe, who had grown attached to the much maligned OLB. He’ll probably end up in Washington opposite Andre Carter and rack up ten useless sacks per year for the next ten years. Unlike Carter, though, Manny will hold the edge and frustrate the TEs in the league with his pass coverage skills.
Goldson is a head scratcher. He hasn’t been here long enough or done enough to get excited one way or the other about his coming or going. He might even be to the FS position what Alex Smith has been to the QB spot. Occasionally impressive, inconsistent, and not enough big time plays. He’s still young, though, so it is presumed he will continue to improve. His free agency depends on the wording of the next CBA, so maybe he’ll be tempted to remove the doubt and sign up for another two years or so.
Signing Franklin is the key to the deal for the Niners. In addition to his value, if he’s signed, the franchise tag could be used on, say, Goldson. The Outsider is not privy to the boardrooms at 4949 Centennial Blvd., so we can only hope our GM figures this happy horseshit out so as to be pleasing to our eyes this coming year.
In the meantime, it will be February all weekend long and it will be devoid of any redeeming qualities and, in case I haven’t mentioned it, that really sucks.