Free Agent Blues

The UFL conducted its draft Monday, mostly in obscurity. It’s fair to say that many of the guys this league drafted would normally be in the UDFA pool and the NFL would be swooping in to sign them this week. If the Appeals Court upholds the reinstatement of the lockout, many of these players will opt to sign with the UFL, and the eventual UDFA class, if there is one at all, will be noticeably watered down.

We’re getting to the time of year where teams are going to start missing meaningful events. The 49ers have their first mini-camp scheduled for the weekend after next. That’s the camp where the rookie draftees get introduced to their team, its play book, and NFL life in general. Not a disastrous loss for the 2011 season if this event does not occur, but the eight ball the Niners will be in the shadow of would get rolled onto the stage, ready to severely cripple Jim Harbaugh’s first season as the 49er HC.

Not to mention the season that Niner fans are hopeful of having.

One thing the lockout has already done is torpedo the dreams of this year’s crop of FAs. Unable to address team needs via free agency, most teams had to address them in the draft. [Ed note: the term “most” is completely bogus. No research was done on so much as even one team. Just a convenient assertion to puff up the significance of this paragraph. Reader beware.] Ergo sum etcetera, many [here he goes again] of the suitors for various FA services are no longer in the market. Hopefully, this has crushed Abrayo Franklin’s value around the league and the fat little sucker will just droop his butt and re-sign for one more year — just like Alex Smith is allegedly prepared to do.

Another player who could be impacted is Manny Lawson. Personally, I’d rather have Manny on the team than Parys Haralson. No offense, Parys, but you’ve been kind of useless the past two years. If newly drafted OLB Aldon Smith takes pass rushing duties from anyone, it should be Parys. “Just sayin'” is a popular tag-on here, but I hate that phrase, know what I’m sayin’? It’s as trite as “Git er done,” which was only worth one tee-hee in the first place, let alone a ten year run atop the blogorama bill board chart. Just sayin’.

This is the first time I’ve put up a post at an hour other than the roosters’ breakfast 6 am special. Giving it the old experimentation muck around. Skeebette tells me I fall into ruts and get stuck in my ways. I thought that was a compliment at first. But I now suspect differently. Anyway, I’m willing to make a feeble stab at random behavior this morning. Plus, it was nice sleeping in today.



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5 comments on “Free Agent Blues
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I like your posts but the extra sleep didn’t do a lot to help the random humor. Del is good at that but he is holed up, moping and depressed because we are apparently resigning Alex. I tried to pep him up but only some wins can help his cause any time soon. Get better Del! Try some Alex jokes, that might help.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Haven’t heard from RTFirefly, either. Not sure if he jumped off one of those New Mexico mountains or is just fetal like Delmar. NoFear probably just went back in his igloo and pulled up the bear skin covers.

  3. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, I never saw the stuff you’re referring to regarding Spit, so I can’t comment on that. I equate his rambling crap to your drunken screeds on my blog. Yeah, I let people go off topic. I didn’t condone what he was saying nor did I tell you to stop the over-the-top screeds. Ones you admittedly posted looking for reactions. All in all, Spit brings some good shit to the table in football conversations. As do you. In the end, that’s what it’s about.

    My premise WAS to let it all fly. I was sick of the constraints put in place by the Insider, and all the drivel posted by Flying V (and a couple others). After 4 years of his whining on the Niner Insider, I had at least gotten away from his 1980s rants by starting my blog. I drew my line in the sand when he hijacked everyone’s name abd started posting 50 posts an hour. I stopped it the best I could, given the dogshit parameters around blogspot.

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    these look like a problem solver on our d-line to me …
    Barry Cofield, DT, Giants. Age: 27.
    Barry Cofield is a great interior lineman who excels against the run and provides a decent enough pass rush. He’s due for a big contract this offseason.

    Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks. Age: 26.
    Brandon Mebane has always been great against the run; this year, he added some pass-rushing skills to his repertoire, allowing him to serve as an every-down player in Seattle’s defense.
    dennis won’t even answer my phone calls yet , so i think he’s still not a happy camper with our draft ! don’t forget del , when you asked me on the phone what QB we could still take , i told you copernicus was a likely choice !
    as for baalke i hoped he would learn from his impulsive move last year of throwing out our 4th rd. pick to move up and get anthony davis when he could have offered less ! this time he was even more impulsive and threw out too many picks in trade and took players he could have picked up much later in the draft ! imo we should look for a more experienced GM !

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- You asre OK as far as I’m concerned. My problem is not with you but in life one thing one can do is choose who he associates with. I would associate with you, you have my e-mail and we can communicate here.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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