The 49ers haven’t come right out and admitted it, but their inactions during the Free Agency period have made it clear they have no intention of trying to be competitive this year. They are not even faking it.
The 2016 season will be nothing more than a year long audition by 53 guys to see if any of them are worth a shit. How exciting.
And, with $50+ million in available Cap space, yet no one to spend it on, while we suffer through the year, Jed York will be able to bring home a tidy bundle to his mommy in Youngstown, Ohio. The Yorks are finding this football franchise ownership thing to be quite a lucrative venture.
Chip Kelly will love the winning-is-secondary approach. He’s not under much pressure to produce anything other than a thorough examination of the roster. His year end evaluation will have more or less honesty to it, depending whether Trent Baalke somehow manages to keep his job. If he does, Kelly will have to be politically correct. If he doesn’t, Kelly can be as candid as he wants.
The Niners have until 1pm PDT Thursday afternoon to cut or trade Colin Kaepernick or eat his $12 million salary for the 2016 season. It’s clear no other team wants to pay him that much. It also seems clear that Kap would rather have that money than take less to get a new start somewhere else. Maybe he’s not as dumb as he plays. He and Jim Tomsula can gather at a local bar during the summer and have a good laugh over the $24 million of York money they’ve squeezed into their bank accounts.
I suppose Baalke might just presume that his so-far-failed draft picks (Tank Carradine, Brandon Thomas, Marcus Martin, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Corey Lemonier, Vance McDonald) will somehow all rise up at last and perform great things this year. Whew! That’s quite a long list of bust candidates. And it doesn’t even include last year’s rookies, none of whom played with any great distinction in 2015.
Our boy Trent. Can he squander another dozen draft picks next month? Probably so.