While the Seahawks, Cardinals, and Rams duke it out this year for NFC West supremacy, the 49ers will be involved in a whole different kind of competition. Two in fact. For one. they’ll be competing for the Number One pick in the 2017 Draft. But the other contest will probably be much more fun to observe.
That contest is with the Philadelphia Eagles and their GM, Howie Roseman. Much like GM Trent Baalke vs HC Jim Harbaugh, Roseman won a power struggle in Philly, firing both HC Chip Kelly and VP of Player Personnel Tom Gamble. The two guys threatening Roseman’s power position under owner Jeff Lurie. Kelly and Gamble both landed in Santa Clara and are now threatening Baalke’s position of power under owner Jed York.
Roseman then spent the offseason trying to prove he’s The Man by trading cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebacker Kiko Alonso, and running back DeMarco Murray — all three acquired by Kelly — along with a first, third, and fourth round pick in this year’s draft, plus a first round pick in 2017 and a second rounder in 2018. All to get up to the number two spot and draft QB Carson Wentz.
Not content to mortgage this year and next year for a QB who may or may not be worth a shit, Roseman also bellied up to the bar and spent $280 million in guaranteed dough to lock up key members of the current Eagles team and a slew of free agents.
Meanwhile, Baalke responded to these bold/insane moves by his counterpart in Philly by buying a couple of hamburgers and sleeping through the entire offseason. Apparently content to bet the 49ers’ future exclusively on the fate of the players he selected in his past four drafts.
Which one of these GMs will be vindicated over the next couple of years? One? Both? Neither? Who cares? The entertainment tableau of a bottom feeder franchise.