The first week of Free (but expensive) Agency roared fat over the middle of the plate and 49er GM Trent Baalke didn’t even take the bat off his shoulder. Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeerike One!
Most of the good teams in the league didn’t bite on the high priced drifters, either. But they didn’t need to. They already have good players. It’s the bad teams that desperately seek instant upgrades in talent. And they have the Cap space to afford the gamble.
It’s not difficult to see which group the 49ers belong in. Or maybe it’s another group — a dreaded group described over the weekend by Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie: “It’s good to have people call us and not have to beg.”
The Beggars Group.
Baalke will be on his knees full time this week, trying to lure some second banana talents or leftovers from the first week. There’s been no fix to the O-line except re-signing Jordan Devey, who was benched last year. ILB Michael Wilhoite was also re-signed, even though he’s not much of an upgrade over wasted space.
It’s also looking more and more like the Niners will get chumped in the Colin Kaepernick saga. Nobody is offering more than a third round pick, and they don’t want to assume Kap’s contract, either. There’s no incentive for Kap to cut his salary so the Niners can trade him, when he can just stay put and force the team to either pay him $12 million on April 1 or cut him and let him find his own team while the Niners get no compensation.