Estate Planning

As I mentioned last Friday, the 49ers have assured us they have a Plan A, B, and C for this off season of uncertainty. I may have left out D and E, but if we get that far into the alphabet, we’ll be talking about scab football next season and single wing offenses. And if we are talking about that, the brewing companies will be working overtime next fall to satisfy a populace seeking peace in the depths of a bottle.

I also remarked Friday that these plans would not be revealed to us, except in retrospect, when they can be rearranged to suit the facts. Obviously, this leaves us no choice but to do what we do best — make shit up and speculate.

It appears the team has no plans to sign any of its current players who are about to become restricted or unrestricted free agents. Not until the new CBA is signed. And maybe not afterward, either. The prominent members of that group have been discussed previously — Abrayo Franklin, Dashon Goldson, David Baas and Manny Lawson. Others are Demetric Evans, Ray McDonald, Travis LaBoy, Takeo Spikes, Barry Sims, and Tony Wragge. Most of these players are defensive guys, and with a new DC in Vic Fangio, the value of these players to him is unknown.

Except for Franklin and Goldson, none of the players would be a devastating loss. A couple of them would be owies, no doubt about it, but owies can be smooched away and do not leave scars. This group does not appear to have membership in the Alphabet Plan scenario. When there is a new CBA, they will be dealt with or not. The Alphabet scenarios are therefore applicable only to the quarterback position.

Plan A would seem to be signing Alex Smith, keeping David Carr, and drafting a QB in April. That gives the team 3 QBs and a serviceable game plan for the uncertain off season if the CBA BS drags on into the summer and seriously impinges on the 2011 season. Anything beyond this bare bones scheme would just be a plus.

That plan, however, has a four day shelf life, since Smith must be signed before 9pm PST this Thursday, March 3rd. If he is not signed, and chances are good that he won’t be, the team will break out Plan B. This is where things get murky.

Plan B would be the plan that, in a normal year, would send the blogosphere into various degrees of ecstasy, since it is the plan that does not include one Alex Smith, and relieves them of the terror associated with his possibly winning the starting QB job. It also doesn’t include any other QBs except Carr and whomever the 49ers draft in April. This plan therefore assumes the CBA will be signed sooner, rather than later, and a normal off season will occur, featuring the Free Agency period and the trading period. The 49ers would be acquiring a starting caliber QB from one of these two periods.

Plan C goes beyond murky and into groping in the dark. The CBA stalemate drags into summer, maybe even into September, and the Niners will have to jump into the 2011 season after a minimal training camp with either Carr as the starting QB or … some other QB, like ->alex smith<-, who is acquired during the two week frenzy of free agency and trading periods that occur from the moment the new CBA is signed until the sabotaged “season” begins.

Plan D is what sort of players are out there in the UFL and sandlots of America that can fill out a scab team to play a scab season of scab football. IOW, a near death experience.

I’m getting an itching attack all of a sudden. Pardon me while I go pick at some scabeous corpus.



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9 comments on “Estate Planning
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I does not seem as though we have cosseted any of our own FAs. I did read over the week-end that we do have a contract offered to Alex but I haven’s heard about any others. The other thing I’ve read is Marathe is meeting with each of our FAs agents this week.

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    i still like ponder sione fua and one of the three top CB prospects with our tp 3 picks ! patrick peterson looks like a good pick ! so it looks like CB,QB,NT this time . i wouldn’t mind trading our 2012 1st rd pick for another in this draft ! we could pick up that elite passrusher we’ve been without for so long and grab one of the top three CB’s in rd 1 , the QB (PONDER) in rd. 2 , and the NT sione fua in rd 3 !!!
    funny to see alex smith compared favorably with carson palmer and vince young and the rest ! berger seems to be right on here ! why not sign alex smith back at the same kind of money he’s asking … it would be a bargain !

  3. robNo Gravatar says:

    oooh phil taylor from baylor looks pretty hard to resist on draft day !

  4. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Plans A and C scare me. Those are some sorry-ass plans if you ask me. Horrible actually. Like a really bad movie, like “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” Maybe we could bring back Ed Wood Jr. to play quarterback. I like that plan better than the ones involving Alex Smith.
     
    I just thought of something really scary; Alex Smith in 3-D. That’s one helluva horror flick.

  5. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    If we sign only one, I’d hope for AF . . .

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m beginning to think McNabb will be released and, would immediately have some value to Harbaugh because he’s a WCO QB.

    Rent him for 2 while he grooms the Rookie.

    I don’t like the thought of dealing away Picks, even if a new CBA is completed in time for the Draft.

  7. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    McNabb would be a HUGE upgrade over Alex. Guys on offense might see what it’s like to play with a leader.
    He’s not the QB he was 5 years ago, but then he somehow managed to throw for over 400 yards without a pick against the Texans.
    I’ve posted how in 6 of McNabb’s 8 losses this year, the Skins gave up over 210 points.
    I also suspect he didn’t get along with Shanny or Shanny’s 30 year old son OC. Frankly, I think Shanny lost it the day he benched Jake Plummer, and has been spiralling downward ever since.
    No pick to spend on him? GO GO GO!

  8. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Did I mention 1 more day without Alex?
    3 to go!

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I agree RTF, he’s a rental anyway.

    I just hope Harbaugh can wait until Rd 3 or 4 for his protege`.

    I’m leaning toward Julio Jones at 7 if all the Top Defensive Guys are gone.

    I think there’s plenty of depth for the D if we can’t get a Top guy there at 7.

    Grab Julio Jones and improve the WR Group.

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