March of Many Dimes

The 2015 Free Agent market opens for business on Tuesday at 1:00pm PST, as well as the new NFL year. Bear in mind, Seattle still lost the Super Bowl to end the 2014 season and the jeering period has not yet expired.

There will be a lot of high priced beef moving hither and yon around the league in the next few days, so it should be fun times on the Twitter wire. And all the speculation about the Niners’ own free agents will shortly be resolved. As of this morning, it appears Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Chris Culliver, and Mike Iupati are all taking the bus out of town.

With the new rules allowing pre-FA tampering, we already know many of the big name players who will be changing teams at 1:00 Tuesday. GM Trent Baalke doesn’t normally shop at the prime meat counter, but now that the team is his, and not Jim Harbaugh‘s, it’s not surprising he’s rumored to be ready to go all in on an instant offensive upgrade with speed burner wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Baalke has already signed Jerome Simpson on the cheap, a fast and talented but troubled WR who was out of the league last year after two suspensions and some jail time. During that hiatus, Jerome somehow acquired the prerequisite amount of “class” to enable him to join the team, and more of it evidently than twice accused but never charged or suspended former 49er Ray McDonald. “Class” is apparently a euphemism for “PR related appeasement action necessitated by howling from the media or league office.”

Owner Jed York went from meddler to know-nothing almost overnight. When asked about the Jerome signing, he claimed ignorance and passed the baton to Baalke. When asked about Gore, he said his feeling was they’d find a way to keep him. The next day, Gore let everyone know he was signing with Philadelphia. Keep it up, Jed. There could be hope for the Niners yet. An ignorant owner is far preferable to a meddling weasel owner.

On a lighter note, the 49ers now have an Australian rugby star and a British discus thrower on the team. Next up on the international list: a Japanese Sumo wrestler who plays nose tackle and doubles as a blocking sled.

Update: The 49ers are bracing themselves for the loss of LB Patrick Willis. Expecting him to retire today.




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119 comments on “March of Many Dimes
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing like another rumor. Florio claims this one will shock you even if you’re braced for it.
    What’s the worst that can happen? Trading Patrick Willis?
    That would be hard to take letting the heart of the defense go in Willis and the soul of the offense in Gore leave.
    The dumpster fire just might crater the Niners.
    Stay tuned. No news was good news. WTF is going on?

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/09/san-fran-surprise-coming-monday/#comments

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps it could be shocker in a good way.
    Justin Smith not retiring? Gore changes his mind and decides to stay?
    Re-signing Cox or Culliver wouldn’t be a shocker.
    Niner fans could use a dose of good PR

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also releasing Stevie Johnson or Ahmad Brooks wouldn’t shock anyone. It was expected.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Source: the 49ers are bracing themselves for the loss of LB Patrick Willis. Expecting him to retire.”

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If true about Willis retirement Baalke might be wise to take Willhoite off trade block as announced previously.

    Wow, 2 of my favorite Niners gone in a span of 24 hours. That is hard to stomach if true.

    Also don’t overlook the Gore/Willis leadership and presence in locker room.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Rating since 2007: 1.Patrick Willis +164.5 2.Derrick Johnson +93.4 3.Karlos Dansby +84.1 4.Lawrence Timmons +76.4”

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Matt Maiocco: “Right now, it doesn’t look like Justin Smith or Patrick Willis will be on this team next year.”

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember the narrative of the apologists that the team quit on Harbaugh last season?
    Justin Smith is the latest shoe to drop.
    This is a message to York/Baalke that team leaders wil not stick around when they are really needed. If you read between the lines
    this is a vote of no confidence.
    This is Black Monday and if you know of Game of Thrones the equal of the Red Wedding.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gore. Cowboy and Patrick. There goes 17 Pro Bowls in less than 24 hours.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Derek Carrier signs a 2 year extension with Niners

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Good Luck Patrick! You have a press conference to announce your retirement scheduled for tomorrow.

    https://instagram.com/p/0BAaKXzOQY/

  12. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Funny stuff on today’s blog, with the exception of the news on Willis. Makes one wonder if the veteran players see their window here closing as the staff/management falls apart in their bass-ackward methods.

    I think when York says winning with class he’s referring to the nickname he now calls Baalke (a sarcastic inside joke, no doubt).
    Or maybe the acronym, Clueless Liars Advising Senior Staff. In any case it’s not the conventional meaning of the word. That much he’s already made obvious.

  13. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    With Justin Smith calling it quits and the new DC and D-line coach maybe Willis is expecting a new role in which he’s thumping on guards all day instead of having plays forced his way.

    Or Aubrayo’s telling him “I seen what’s coming. Get out, man. Get out now!”

  14. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Holy shit.

    This is not cratering, this is implosion into a black hole. We are now a full out rebuilding hot mess.

    Time to hijack a popcorn truck. This shit is going to get REAL ugly, REAL fast. Over-Under on when Jed throws Ballke under the truck, too: eight months (i.e., BEFORE the end of this season).

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I have to believe that Patrick and Cowboy saw Gore leaving as the end of any chance at pulling this together, and decided to get out now before the shitstorm that will be 2015. “Voting with their feet,” it was called during the Cold War.

    This team will now struggle to win six games this year unless Tomsula has a working magic wand.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers free-agent G Mike Iupati has told people he plans to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, per sources.”

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Sad day for sure and I am not trying to defend Yorky at all. But who leaves millions of dollars on the table just because they don’t like their boss? All these guys will be missed but in reality the writing has been on the wall for a while now.Gore isn’t quite what he used to be and Willis just might have some real health problems. I just don’t see them giving up because they don’t like what has transpired. I am pretty sure Cowboy was gonna retire anyway, at least that is what he said.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now for a mind blowing moment in a most confusing day.

    Remember Jed pontificating on things are a changing and going forward the team was going to win with “class” and all should hold him accountable?

    Per Jason Cole Greg Hardy. Yes GREG HARDY is coming for a visit and Niners are at least kicking the tires on him.

    IMO Jed said too much in his speech trying to sully Harbaugh as the guy that didn’t win with “class”. If they do go through and sign Hardy how can Jed show his face? He’s going to eat his words. Probably a good reason for him to stop talking.

    They cracked the door open for Jerome Simpson and if they open that door wide open for Greg Hardy they might as well leave it open and reinstate Ray McDonald and bring in Ray Rice since they they need to replace Gore.

    http://profootballzone.com/nfc/report-49ers-colts-top-landing-spots-for-greg-hardy/

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “FB Bruce Miller cited in Santa Clara police blotter for spousal battery.”

  20. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    THIS is what it looks like to have players quit. Quit on the jackass children running this show. Brilliant.

    The ridiculous blather last year about a divided locker room, players quitting on their winning HC, the great Jimi Hendrix, the HC supposedly causing all the rumors, HC insitgating a trade to CLE, etc, etc, etc were only fairytales told by more children to themselves. But there is no Santa in Santa Clara, the Easter bunny is dead, and the tooth fairy got cut.

    This fooled no one except the willfully deaf, dumb and blind willing to excuse arrogant, abnormal egotists at work destroying the best thing that ever happened to them = the Jimi Hendrix San Francisco Forty Niners. Brilliant.

    Epic suicidal fail clear as a bell for a very long time now. Except to those hope addicts refusing to take an adult look at reality.

    49-22-1. And don’t you ever forget it.

  21. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    True enough Winder but Frank still hit a thousand yards and that’s not nothing. I know some blog ex-spurts are knocking Frank’s protection last year but with all the subs and changes on the o-line it’s hard on even the guys like Staley. And having a back that can play every down is not nothing either.

    I think all these guys would have gladly continued for less money if they saw a legit chance at a ring instead of just getting beat up and lost in the beginning of a messy rebuild effort under questionable leadership.

  22. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well We have a ahitliad of cap space now. Gore reconsidering and J Smith reconsidering.

    Winder’s right.

  23. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    1000 yards is 60 a game. Boo hoo. If they are leaving because things aren’t perfect for them, then adios. Nice knowing ya.

    Is Gore reconsidering his deal with the eagles because he suddenly thinks he has a better shot with Indy?

    And again, all these injuries affect everyone on the team but the QB. Who may or may not be on the trading block. Yippee.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco is on CSN Sports Talk Live Show right now saying Frank Gore might be the best blocking RB in blitz pickup to ever play. High praise and contrary to the apologist who says his blocking was dog poo last season which is BS.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    And now Miller, too?

    Jesus Christ. I’ve seen Hollywood horror scripts more believable than the last 48 hours for the 49ers.

    Buy stock in Tequila now. It’s going to be a rough Fall.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The window was open for Harbaugh and our Vets for several years.
    Maybe the guys feel that this reload phase will take more than they’re willing to deliver?
    Frank I can understand.
    He’s looking at his last opportunity to be paid.
    Patrick?
    I’d have to think he’s dealing with a bad wheel that isn’t responding?

    Tough day to be sure.
    Better now if had to happen.
    Get ready for Draft needs and, have at it.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jaguars are expected to sign 49ers LB Dan Skuta, per league source.”

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    And you thought what more could possibly happen to the Niners today.

    Don’t know if there’s anything behind this from Mark Purdy
    “And there were murmurs that the team might cut linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who spent all last season recuperating from the severe knee injury he sustained in January of 2014. Supposedly, there are concerns that he may fail to pass his 2015 preseason physical, so the 49ers might release him.”

    If the tidbit on Bowman is true than the Niners are swirling in the toilet bowl.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/mark-purdy/ci_27679140/purdy-worst-day-49ers-history

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This game is not for the weak at heart Bullit.
    I feared the Bowman injury would be career threatening when it occurred.
    An ACL is bad enough.
    Multiple ligaments is a tough road to hoe.

    No doubt Baalke is working to recover from these reports already.
    This LB Class isn’t loaded with ‘bigger’ bodies but, as we saw with Borland, there are several ‘junkyard dogs’ in this Group.

    Might have to consider more beef on the DLine to keep these smaller guys clean?

    2 kids I’m impressed with on the ‘stat-line’ are Kendricks from UCLA and Heeney from KS.

    Baalke has his work cut out for him this Draft.
    Time to remake the D.

  30. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Turf toe ended Jack Lambert’s career. And now sadly P Willie’s. I’ll always be a fan.

    NJ49er – I’m a Kendricks fan too, would be a steal if we got him in round 2. Uyeyama would need to give him a makeover – bulk him up to play NFL-level 3-4. But has a nose for the pigskin like No. 50.

    There has never been a bigger draft to make or break Baalke. Please do your homework fellas.

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Franchise I’m guessing it’s time to see what we have with Nick Moody.
    He missed an awful lot of tackles from the small sampling I’ve seen from him in game action.

    Almost seems, in hindsight, that Baalke was using the depth last year to see what he’s got?

    What amazes me with Kendricks is that he had 481 tackles in 51 games at UCLA.
    Pretty durable kid from the looks of the stat-line.
    He’s currently seen as a RD2 guy right now.

    I think Baalke is going to be spending a few Picks on D next month.

  32. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shane Skov is still hanging around too.
    If I’m Baalke, I’m stocking up on DLine guys this year.
    Especially if Justin packs it in.
    Tomsula is obviously a DLine Guru, so I’m hopeful they’ll find a gem or 2 along the way.
    Be nice if Lawrence Okoye delivers something as well, he’s as raw as they come but, he’s a chiseled dude with excellent athleticism.

    A work in progress as it were.

  33. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Nofear – I love Gore and am truly sad he’s gonna leave,he’s the ultimate human bowling ball. I bet he gets his 1000 yards again this year too. We just were not going to pay him what he can get elsewhere. If all these other rumors come true well then I guess it is time to go full rebuild mode. It seems to me that most all that has transpired would have happened whether we had a coaching change or not.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With any change in regime Winder, things tend to trickle down to the roster anyway.
    New Coaches, new players.

    With Mangini taking over for Fangio, it’s highly likely that he’s seeing a different scheme, which inevitably means, different personnel.

    Nothing stays the same in the NFL.
    Always changing.

  35. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- Yeah I understand the business end of it. But I am still trying to see the progress in the moves that we’ve made. So far it’s pretty hard. I have high hopes for this year and I think we will play some pretty tough football.

  36. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hope so too Winder.
    No sense fretting about the changes at this point, what’s done is done.
    We came close but couldn’t finish when it mattered.

    Now, we’re back to making adjustments and hoping for another shot.
    On a positive note, our headaches are coming ahead of the Draft at least.
    Maybe it gives Baalke a chance to adjust his plans?

    See what comes, hope for a good showing.

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From the Chronicle there might not be any legs to the charges against Bruce Miller incident.

    “Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke confirmed Miller’s arrest but said he could not provide details, including the location of the incident and who called police.
    Scanner recordings reviewed by The Chronicle revealed that the alleged victim called police to the Posh Bagel at 3957 Rivermark Plaza about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, saying she was behind the restaurant and that her boyfriend had “attacked her and took her keys.”

    She then said, “’Never mind,’ and hung up,” a dispatcher told police. A witness described the suspect — identified on the recording as Miller — as being 6-foot-3 and weighing 250 pounds.

    “He was physically booked,” Clarke said.

    Clarke said he didn’t know the relationship between Miller and the alleged victim.
    The case has been referred to Santa Clara County prosecutors, who will decide whether Miller will be formally charged with a crime.”
    ===

    On the face it appears that Miller’s significant other took exception to his taking away her car keys (perhaps she had too much to drink?) and because she was a pissed off drunk she called 911. On that same call she then said never mind and hung up.
    The facts will come out on this and we should not prejudge Miller until they do. It took 4 days for the story to come out so my thinking if there was anything to this a statement would’ve been made much earlier by the Niners or the Santa Clara PD.

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jed York is taking a beating on most of the Niner blogs with vocal supporters almost nonexistent.

    http://blog.sfgate.com/saracevic/2015/03/09/niners-nation-lashes-out-against-jed-york/

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    OK Niner Nation was sent this conversation between Miller and his fiancée on Instagram. Not sure why the pre 40 year olds can’t talk face to face or on the phone. Why have a public argument on social media for all to see? Someone captured the text battle before it was deleted.
    https://twitter.com/Vega6577/status/575154697964687361/photo/1

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Be afraid, be very afraid.
    Nobody is safe.

    http://imgur.com/HTTjav0

  41. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Torrey Smith has until 1pm to go “On second thought, …”

  42. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Millers deal was a misdemeanor, not a felony.

    And I heard from Willis’ gardner’s brother that his toe is not healing well at all and he can’t run or push off on it.

    Ooooh. The fans are mad! What shall we do????

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I now think Bruce Miller is done as a 49er after seeing that he’s a knucklehead on what he posted on social media as more has come out.
    If these posts are proven true and authentic I don’t see how he survives.
    Ethnic slurs are not cool.
    Not smart especially when one of the owners is named Debartalo.
    Good thing they drafted Trey Millard.

    Bruce Miller get some help and use a phone and talk rather than use social media for all to see.

    https://twitter.com/NinersNation/status/575276729436143616

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anyway disregard my previous post.
    The ethnic slur rant was directed at Fooch of Niner Nation.
    It was not from Bruce Miller.
    My mistake and yes I did misread it.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ian Rapaport of NFL Network is eporting that Torrey Smith will sign for $6.5 mil a year for 4 years. No word on the guaranteed money which is the key.
    Boldin is claiming he was instrumental in recruiting Torrey to come to SF.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rapaport also says that frank Gore backed off from Philly when Chip Kelly wouldn’t answer who the Egos starting QB would be.

    Now Gore is headed to the Colts along with Andre Johnson and Trent Cole.

  47. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Per 7:44 am, what else is new?

    So, Patrick found God and lost his toe. In no particular order. Cool, hell of a career.

    This had been quite the snafu week and it’s only tuesday.

  48. winderNo Gravatar says:

    tru dat

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    I always man up when I am wrong.
    Unlike you who takes the chickensheet cowardly troll way and spin it that you were kidding.

    You should try to do the right thing for once in your life.

  50. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    This draft is looking pretty damn important right about now. Much more so than 4 days ago. Although Torrey Smith lowers the need for a deep threat at least. RB and LB certainly jumped a few rungs.

    Wow . Looks like you need a lesson in social media as well, skippy. Stand-up blog guy? I bet your folks are so proud.

  51. JedYorkisaClownNo Gravatar says:

    This is Karma. That’s all this is. Jed York and Trent Baalke have blown-up this team because they aren’t leaders. They don’t know how to treat people professionally, and they are both terrible business men. And I respect Unca, Winder and NJ for following blindly, faithfully, without wavering or questioning, but the reality is that without York and Baalke changing their ways by first recognizing, then acknowledging what they’ve done wrong (and awfully wrong at that), then you’re gonna see Jed and Trent continue to make the same mistakes over and over again – undermining their employees like Harbaugh and now Colin Kaepernick. It’s not okay if you’re at the top doing these things. Remember Baalke’s daughter tweeting about Roman? That’s not leadership. This is Karma.

    And I don’t know about you, but I remember York before Harbaugh and it wasn’t Harbaugh who was the drama queen. It was Jed York. Remember Singletary’s rat? Then Cleveland? Then Deion Sanders claiming Harbaugh had lost the locker room. Harbaugh was never a drama queen anywhere else. The common denominator is York. Bullit nailed it yesterday, saying who now believes Harbaugh lost the locker? Frank Gore spurned the 49ers, loving Harbaugh. Willis announces his retirement immediately after Gore is gone, not after the season is over, lending credence to the idea, like Gore, that Willis was also paying close attention to the 49ers’ moves and business practices. Is it any coincidence that Willis retired two days after Gore announced he was leaving and the immediate day after the AP reported the 49ers were trying to trade Kaep? Give me a break. You can spin all you’d like that Willis left because of God or because of his toe. But the reality is that if Harbaugh was here, Gore would have stayed and Willis would have sucked it up. But with Tomsula? No way. With Jerome Simpson? No chance. Willis has better things to do that play in this three ring circus, and it’s Jed York’s Karma.

    I’ve left the 49ers. I’m no longer a fan. I follow again not when the 49ers are once again good, but when Jed York either publically apologizes for this absolute cluster and his horrid business practices, or when he’s ousted… which is hard to do, hard to imagine.

    I’ve never witnessed a bigger implosion in all my life in any professional arena – business, sports… anything. No team, no organization has gone from damn good to a damn disaster quicker than Jed York and Trent Baalke’s Niners. And the two people this will put the most pressure on will be Trent Baalke and Colin Kaepernick with Jim Tomsula sweating like a pig in front of the cameras with no answers, promising answers…. then an ultimate Tomsula firing that will surprise no one. Because York has set the precident of “unacceptable,” and after Tomsula goes 4-12 in his first year and 5-11 in his second, people will be quoting Jed’s “unacceptable,” mocking Jed, and Tomsula will be the fall guy. But the next coaching search won’t turn up anyone good either. Why? Because all the good coaches will remember how Jed York treated Harbaugh. The Cleveland story… The NFL Network claiming Harbaugh lost the team while Jed York (the liberal tweeter was on a curious tweeting vacation) and not defending his coach. And then the claims that Harbaugh was a better college coach, and that Harbaugh was the liar and the drama queen. No… no he wasn’t. He was a damn fine coach who’s only regret in SF has to be that Mike Nolan didn’t draft him a qb worthy of Super Bowl runs. The loss of Jim Harbaugh will be the 49ers’ curse of the Bambino. The Red Sox traded the Babe and put their organization in the cellar and out of World Series ring ceremonies for decades. This will be the same thing in SF. The curse of Jim Harbaugh has begun… and I for one will love the site of this team burning in York karma for decades.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rams just traded Sam Bradford for Nick Foles

  53. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ravens just traded Haloti Ngata to the Lions

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ngata only cost Lions 2 mid round picks

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The trade that hurts the Niners is the Aints just traded Jimmy Graham to the Seahags. That’s going to be a problem for the defense.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow 3 big trades when everyone is looking at free agent signings.
    Two of them impact the Niners.

  57. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bradford for Foles? Matters little as both live on IR.

  58. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags just got much better with Graham.
    Way bigger impact than getting Harvin had.
    At least they had to give C Max Unger to the Aints along with draft picks

  59. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yay. Another bandwagoner falls off. Hope the wheels don’t split your pea brain open.

  60. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Unreal. The NFL hasn’t seen this many trades in the past 15 years combined.

  61. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey V, good seeing you. The Raiders are just over the bridge.

  62. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jake Locker won’t be playing football with the Titans anymore.
    He just announced his retirement.

    When he was drafted Spitty proclaimed him HOF and another Steve Young. Even Vince Young had a better career.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Locker said he no longer had the desire to play.

  64. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have Torrey Smith who signed a 5 year contract per Schefter

  65. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Torrey Smith is costing more than first reported $8 mil/year for 5 years

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/10/torrey-smith-finalizes-his-five-year-deal-with-the-49ers/

  66. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per CBS Sports
    “Torrey Smith turned down 5 years, $35M from Ravens before the season. Ends up with 5 years, $40M from the 49ers, including $22M guaranteed.”

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Say what you will about the Niners, but the Ravens are DOA with the Flacco signing, and the ensuing cap hell. They are shedding players faster that hair off my black lab . . .

    Whats your point, Boooooowittt? You said VMcD would have 60 catches and 800 yards in his 2nd year.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    Funny how critical you are of my posting links to stories when the same thing is happening on your blog but it’s one of your “guys”.

    You are one of the biggest hyprocrites that’s ever walked the face of the earth and graced a blog. That is no exaggeration and most would agree.

    You have to be the dumbest moron when you go back to your blog with your tail between your legs and brag to those guys how you kickass on this blog when the opposite is true. Hint: those guys read this blog too and know how you are beaten like a drum here daily. Who the hell do you think you’re fooling? I can answer that, YOURSELF!!! LMAO!

  69. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From 2011 it seems Graham is going to break his word no matter how “really serious” he was.

    NEW ORLEANS — In the moments after Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s record for passing yards in a season Monday night, a bunch of other New Orleans Saints were brought into the media room to talk about their quarterback.

    Perhaps the most entertaining of the bunch was tight end Jimmy Graham. He was asked what he’d be doing if Brees wasn’t his quarterback.

    “I’d be overseas playing basketball,’’ said Graham, who played basketball at the University of Miami.

    Graham then had another very interesting revelation.

    “I told Drew that whenever he decides to retire, I’m going to retire,’’ Graham said. “I’ll never play with another quarterback. I’m really serious about that.’’

  70. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t hold your breath on Parrish Cox re-signing.
    A member of his entourage said the Niners can’t afford Cox.

  71. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Waah! You hurt my feewings!!! If all the at is true, you are still the only person who gives a shit. Ok, you win. You are the smartest moron around.

    Now you are trolling players??? The phrase, get a life takes on new meaning around you. By the way, Jimmy Graham didn’t trade himself.

    Big talk from an amoeba. When you come back around the bend, maybe you can join the real world.

    BTW, it is kick ass, not kickass. I’m an idiot but you can’t conjugate verbs. Hmmmmmm.

  72. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    In the blog world when you go to conjugation and spelling it’s a sure sign you’ve hit rock bottom and have no rebuttal. You should know that but I forgot you’re a hyprocrite.
    Time for you to join a 3rd grade spelling bee.

  73. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Not an option for me to quit being a Niner fan but my expectations for this bunch keep dropping. 7-9 may be too optimistic as the news keeps getting worse.

    Willis a casualty of the Tommy boy over Fangio brilliance. What was that?

  74. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Rebut what? Read your 2:09 post. Gibbering nonsense from a child.

    The fact you find some sort of glee in pointing out that Jimmy Graham said something 4 years ago that is now not true is what? Groundbreaking? Pathetic? You make the call. Hint: It starts with a P.

    Or the fact that you have a little girl-crush on St Jim?

    Go ahead and join flying vagina on the non-support bandwagon.

  75. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Funny how the biggest most committed children are quick to call others they oppose ‘children’. Irrationality never stopped a child in the middle of his tantrum. Funny on a blog, like when US libs call the leader of a small democratic middle east nation “a child” for refusing to agree a deadly enemy should be helped to get the Bomb.

    But the childish egotists running the Niners into the ground have set the tone for some fans to indulge themselves.

    But if you would like a rational look at the cap implications of recent personnel moves see this long read by Neumann at NN:

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2015/3/10/8182443/sorting-through-a-wild-day-for-the-49ers-as-they-move-into-rebuild

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now for some bad news today, report is Gabbert is going to be re-signed.
    If anything for minimum wage but I don’t get this move.
    Gabbert does not have the snaps to offer any mentoring advice to Kap. Kap needed somebody to give him a different perspective and I’m not sure if Gabbert is that guy.
    Kap also needed someone to compete with him and Gabbert is not the guy.
    At the very least I hope they bring in someone like Matt Moore or Fitzpatrick to improve the quality of QB depth. They also have to draft a QB to develop just in case.
    http://www.examiner.com/article/gabbert-expected-to-stay-with-49ers

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chip Kelly takes on Bradfords’ Contract, his propensity to miss games AND, Draft Picks?

    How exactly does that fuel any future deals to move up for Mariota?

    Then, add the Frank spurning to the mix and we have what amounts to the backdoor channels of conversation that appear to be warning potential candidates to avoid Philly.

    How exactly did Chip qualify for Personnel Authority?
    This IS, quite entertaining.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    Watch out, there are some that think Chip is a genius and deserves his $6.5 mil a year salary even though he missed this year’s playoffs and lost his lone playoff game.
    Yep they gave him full authority on all personnel.
    Oh those same guys think not giving Harbaugh a raise and extension was a brilliant FO move.
    We are now reaping the benfits.

  79. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Reports are coming in that Niners will not sign Cox or Culliver
    because they are not offering enough.
    http://blog.sfgate.com/49ers/2015/03/10/source-49ers-not-contenders-to-sign-cb-perrish-cox/

    That leaves Tramaine Brock who only played in 3 games last year, possibly Cook and the rookies drafted last year.
    Brock did not play because he had a similar injury to Willis, the dreaded turf toe.
    Definitely need to sign a free agent corner or draft a couple.
    Waynes would be a solid #1 pick if he fell to 15 which is wishful thinking.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll be making more than a few Defensive moves in this Draft Class Bullit –
    Culliver not getting an invitation ahead of Cox seems curious to me too.

    We know Baalke and Parage aren’t typically known for spending big in FA anyway.
    Money is budgeted and tightly adhered to by position.

    The trick in this phase is Comp Pick calculations.
    Lose more than you gain.

  81. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert? Yikes. Bullit and NJ are making more sense than the FO.

    Guess it was all about using the coaching and player talent to sell seat licenses @ Levis.

    Is there anybody who thinks we are better off post-Hendrix? Anybody who hasn’t lowered their expectations yet?

  82. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If Chip has a rabbit to pull out of his hat, I’m hard-pressed to figure out how he’s planning to do it?

    Bradford is carrying a pretty substantial Cap number and, an injury history.
    Couple that with additional Picks given away, both this year and next.

    Not the smoothest of moves from what I can see.
    He’s still gotta obtain a RB and a WR or 2.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Phil –
    We finished 8-8 last year, expectations are about on par, for me, to be there, or worse next year.
    We’ll see what develops.

    House cleanings in the NFL are never fun, nor pretty.

    Look at the bright side, Seattle is filling some holes now too and, gave away their 1st RD Pick.

    I fully expect Baalke to be adding some major pieces on Defense from this Draft Class.

    My early favorite for Pick 15 at this point is, OLB/DE Bud Dupree from KY.
    If we’re gonna stop Russell from scrambling all over creation, we’ll need some young, fresh legs to do it.

  84. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    We finished 8-8 with half the team IR’d, a QB in a serious regression and a front office actively undermining the head coach the entire year and THAT is now the bar for this circus of self-inflicted misery, all of which was completely unnecessary by the way, to satisfy the same fans who were so firmly stuck on a Super Bowl win or bust? Insanity!

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You can’t make this sh!t up NoFear49er can you?

    Long time no see?
    All good on your end?

    I’m starting to cringe a little, with the rumor of Kaep being on the Trade block now too.
    We’re a haven for bad news that just doesn’t end.

  86. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke is bringing in Reggie Bush today and I’m not sure why.
    Bush just turned 30 which means he’s a year younger than Frank who we let walk.
    Bush is a speed back who has lost a step or 2 which makes him quite ordinary.
    Prefer to give that roster spot to a younger back who you can develop.
    If they sign Bush it will be as disappointing as bringing Gabbert back.
    Signing Torrey Smith was a step forward and Gabbert and Bush would be two steps back.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Depending on who they might sign in Free Agency Corners and Safety become priority in the draft.
    At the end of the season two corners off the street Cromartie and McFadden were playing because of injuries. Two late draftees Reaser and Acker never played a down decause they were on IR.
    Looks like Chris Cook might be the most like re-signee as Cox and Culliver are going for the money because Revis and Maxwell have been grossly overpaid.
    Not sure why they aren’t making a run at Brandon Browner who was let go by the Pats. He’s the bigger corner and could match up with Graham.
    If the top Safety in the draft Landon Collins was there at 15 I would consider taking him withn Bethea also 30 years old and Reid with his concussions.

  88. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy was right. It is no coincidence that the senior guys on this team all declared their futures within 24 hours.
    Gore was the only guy where Mar 10 was critical.
    Patrick Willis and Justin Smith had until Apr 1.
    They are voting with their feet as grumpy said and in Willis case
    that is doubly true.

  89. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit Reggie could provide insurance for Hunter.
    We’ll look for another RB in the Draft perhaps to develop?
    Signing FAs diminishes Comp Picks too.
    Smarter to lose guys you don’t want to overpay in favor of released guys like Dockett & Bush.

    Interesting balance but, smart business IMO.

  90. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    As for Chip ?
    Could be a strategy to set up a Draft Day Trade ?
    NYJ?
    ‘Skins?
    I smell a multi-team Trade brewing ?
    See what comes…

  91. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Wow the Chipper is still going forth with his plan.
    He just signed CB Walter Thurmond who happens to be an ex Orgon Duck.
    Chip might lobby and pettition to change the mascot from Eagles to Ducks.

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    I think they can find other more talented and cheaper options to Bush.
    Bush is not going to work for minimum.
    Just like it was dumb to bring back Ginn two years after he left and also 30 years old.
    Nothing more has come out about Bruce Miller and if he’ll be automatically suspended by the NFL.
    Unless Bush returns kicks he won’t play special teams which is what the 3rd rb was used for.

  93. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If Torrey Smith passes his physical today the Niners will cut Stevie Johnson.
    The structure od Smith’s contract is team friendly with a base of $3.6 mil counting against this year’s cap.
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/49ers/torrey-smiths-contract-counts-36-million-years-cap

  94. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    The Texans are trading QB Fitzpatrick to the Jest for a late round pick. That makes a scenario of moving Bradford to get Mariota less likely to happen.
    Chip is running out of viable assets to trade unless he wants to go old Redskins and sit out several future drafts.

  95. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    For now Bullitt I’m enjoying the living sh!t out of Frank bailing on Philly and, the Bradford deal, with my Buddy here at work, Mr Philly Fan.
    He’s as clueless as the majority of Philly fans are.
    They’re all blowhards with nothing to show in terms of Championships.

    We couldn’t live with them if they ever did find success.
    I’ll just enjoy their misery for now and, Thank You Frank!

  96. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Reggie is simply an option to investigate IMO.
    Here’s our budget.
    Here’s our terms.
    Take it or, have a nice day.
    Thanks for coming by.

  97. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I can’t make heads nor tails out of what the Eagles are doing. They apparently lost Frank because Chip couldn’t tell him who the QB would be. I still don’t think they know. You don’t trade QBs like that with the intent of benching Bradford. Well, they could be doing it as a mentor type thing. Give Mariotta a year or two to learn from the bench. But the Eagles would have to trade the world (a la Ditka) to have any shot at Mariotta. These days it looks like FAs can punch their tickets to their preferable teams.

    Beyond that, I can see Fitzpatrick in a mentor role to Mariotta in NY for a season or two, so the Jets make sense. They just need to jump a few spots.

  98. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    People forget that last season the Egos were 9-3 and looking for home field advantage and collapsed to 10-6 and being out of the playoffs.

    Kelly has let most of their playmakers go in Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy. That talent is a tall order to replace in a short period.

  99. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ryan Mathews will sign with the Egos today.
    John Clayton of ESPN says Redskins will take Mariota at 5 is he’s still on the draft board and the Jest won’t ever have a shot.
    Not a peep as to where Wilfork might go as a FA.

  100. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Chip’s all about the system. We’ll see what happens there.

    Tenn says they are backing Mettenberger all the way, but Mariotta could very well change their minds. If they do take Mariotta they have a big bargaining chip in Mett. The Eagles may leap on that.

    Jax and Oakland? Possible but doubtful. The Raiders have to be very high on Carr. Bortles? Another young guy with the potential. Not sure if either use another high pick on a QB after you just did it last year. If the Jets want to be sure to get Mariotta they need to get to the 2 spot. Tenn probably won’t pass on him.

  101. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the reality of the upcoming season.
    Gore left because he wanted to go to a team that could win the Lombardi.
    Frank assessed the 2015 Niners and didn’t think they could do it.
    His words. He saw massive changes and didn’t think this was a reloading situation.
    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers/2015/03/11/frank-gore-to-colts-im-going-to-give-you-all-i-have/

  102. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yesterday you wonder why Patrick Willis was dressed like that at his farewell press conference with his tie loose and shirt untucked. This is from Patrick explaining the look. A tribute to a coach.
    https://instagram.com/p/0GhJKcQN7x/

  103. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It had nothing to do with the money, Bullitt. Did Frank’s Gardner tell you that?

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    It is comical how your made up smear campaign against Harbaugh has very little substance.
    You’re becoming a little bitter troll in your old age.
    I know a lot of those who read here are glad you are here to tell us what Gore said even though he’s quoted directly with a video to authenticate what he said.
    Keep living in Chuckles Fairyland.

  105. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners are bringing in OG Erik Pears who played for the Bills last year.

  106. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuckles

    You ought to practice what you preach. How else will you win the Spelling Bee? Only because you made a big deal about it yesterday.
    You ought to learn how to spell gardener.
    LOL! Stick that stinky foot into your pie hole again!

  107. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Bucs are about to release Dashon Goldson

  108. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon cut? Is this a money deal? Seems they didn’t get their money’s worth. Good move to move on w/o DG. For us

  109. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    So Chuck, how’s your son? You have a son right? What’s his name again?

    LOL Chuck.

  110. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    We’ll never know. Legitimate questions but off topic a tad.

    Man we have a lot of needs on this team: WR, RB, OL?, OLB, DL, DB/CB depending on the Balkey wounded returning, coaches, owner. Be interesting to see how we rebuild this baby.

    Some say there have been a lot of trades due to weak/shallow draft class this year. Others say Bradford will be traded somewhere on draft day. For Kap? Dunno. Too crazy to keep up with.

  111. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil I think this phase of ‘reloading’ was inevitable.
    The strategy that Baalke seems to employ, is pretty measured in terms of Draft/FA expenditures.

    My eldest Son follows the line that you and several others do.
    In his opinion, Baalke never finds starters.

    As you know, I’ve been quite intrigued with the process of Drafting for years.

    Baalke seems to be a Draft/Develop guy from what I’ve seen.
    When an immediate need shaped up several years ago, with Goldson, he bought an extra year with him, before taking his shot at Reid the following year.

    As we see now in TB, Goldson bolted for the payday but, as with many FA deals, he didn’t/won’t see the entire payout.

    Baalke’s MO is to stockpile Picks, see who develops, extend under the Rookie deal if possible, buy smart in FA, repeat.

  112. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We experienced Cap H3LL not too far back.
    Marathe has pretty much organized our finances down to a firm budget, which has kept us competitive.

    We’ve exchanged Goldson for Reid. Whitner for Bethea. Crabtree for Torrey. Goodwin for Kilgore/Martin, etc.
    We’ll see whether Brandon Thomas can replace Iupati soon enough.

    All in all, we’ve got to get younger in many areas.
    Our depth is pretty solid IMO.

    It all hinges on the development timetable.
    Patrick was a slap in the teeth certainly but, Borland might prove to be a heckuva stop-gap.

    Love the process of competition being fueled each year with the Rookies battling for a shot.
    Just have to hope we can maintain some continuity from the Coaching overhaul now.

    The biggest piece on any NFL roster is the QB.
    Kaep has plenty of potential.
    That, and a dollar, may get you a bus ride though.

    Pressure is on Kaep to deliver, especially with the Contract numbers he’s carrying now.
    I often wonder if Harbaugh took heat for Kaep’s development?
    We’ll never know what all the ramifications were behind the scenes I’m sure.

    All I can do now is, hang onto some hope, that we won’t go down in flames over this transition.

  113. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One bright spot for me this year will be, watching Frank, working with a truly dynamic young QB in Indy.

    Harbaugh was reported to have been given the Kaep recommendation by Luck, via a football Camp encounter, if memory serves?

    Would be quite ironic, if Frank gets his Ring, with Harbaugh’s former protegè huh?

    Love that guy.
    He deserves it in a BIG way.
    Sadly, we couldn’t get it done for him.

    All I can hope for now is, that Kaep can become as dynamic as Luck, ASAP.

  114. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, my Son hates my optimism about our future right now 😀

    Told him, it beats being depressed, about SH!T I can’t control.

  115. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep being optimistic beats depression (or rage) so let’s give it a chance to work and see what happens on the field. You at least have a clue to what you would like to see happen. I’m sure others do too. For me it’s such a big ‘reloading’ that I can’t see the forest for the trees (falling).

  116. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  117. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You have a point with that question Phil? Or do you like to cross the line into grossly inappropriate?

    Wow. Talk about off the rails.

    Adios folks. Have fun in creepy land.

  118. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ok. Last one got Bullit. Of you were offered a job with a $12 million contract or a $4 million contract, which one would you choose?

2019 Schedule
9-8: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25pm
9-15: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10am
9-22: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25pm
9-29: BYE

10-7: vs. Cleveland Browns, 5:15pm
10-13: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05pm
10-20: @ Washington, 10am
10-27: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05pm
10-31: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20pm

11-11: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15pm
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
 
2018 Prognostications
Closest to the Pin:
  Mr Fletch: 7-9

Bakkentom: 8-8
Grumpy: 8-8
Winder: 8-8
Bullit: 9-7
NJ49er: 9-7
Skeebers: 10-6
Spitblood: 0-16
Rob!!!: 16-0

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