Cerebral Infarction Surgery

It’s the annual NFL Combine week, which means everybody   most people   many folks   quite a few fans   several guys   a few boys   NJ49er and Bullit will be glued to their TV screens this week.

Happy tape measures and stop watches, you two.

The rest of us will continue to mumble and yawn our way through the tortuous month of February, the most useless month of the year. No offense to Aquarians, who are saddled for life with this fake month.

HC Kyle Shanahan has completed assembling his coaches and staff, so we’re now free to forget about them until and unless we run out of visible entities to criticize, or in extremely rare cases, praise.

Safe to say Shanahan is buried in the film room these days, surveying the wreckage of the Niners’ 2016 season. The team has about 20! free agents about to leak out the door early next month, with precious few getting a return invitation.

Astute observers like ourselves will soon get an early evaluation of just how smart or not Shanahan is by observing which players he chooses to retain. Sad to say, we’re all pretty familiar with the value of the guys on this team. “Value” of course being a relative term, since most of the players would fall under the category of “surely, you jest” when attempting to associate them with the idea of worthfulness.

At least Shanahan will be a challenge for our estimable brains. Let’s face it, Jim Tomsula was as dumb as a rock. Ridiculing him bordered on getting some yuks by steering a blind guy into a brick wall. Queasy fun. Chip Kelly didn’t seem to give a crap whether the team won or lost. He had $24 million in his pocket. Red-assing him was almost pointless. He’d already hit the lotto and was resting comfortably inside a hide as thick as a rhino’s.

But Shanahan is supposed to be a smart guy. We’ll see. The past two years have been no challenge at all. Just bad, boring football with bad, boring coaches. Hopefully, we’ll have to be back on our toes this year.




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  1. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah skeebs this time of year sucks. I am way to lazy/uninterested to evaluate players in this upcoming draft. I will learn everything I need to know from other people. My picks are never right anyway.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    First Lynch move is in the books: “FA CB K’Waun Williams is signing a one-year contract with the 49ers.”

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All I’m going ask for with Pick 2 this April is that we pass on a QB.
    Deal back for an extra Pick perhaps?
    The next QB will need at least a year, maybe 2, to get this Shanny Offense absorbed anyway.
    For me, a good Defense can cover the warts for a new Offense in the meantime.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I would wait until 2018 to use a high pick on a QB.
    2018 is a QB talent rich draft.
    This year draft a QB in 4th or 5th rounds.

    That is unless they trade for someone like Kirk Cousins.

  5. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think we should go QB at 2 either. But, whoever we get in FA I still think we should take a QB or two in the draft. The position is too powerful to depend on just one guy.

  6. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep pass on QB early in draft. Get one later and in FA or trade. Hey it may be Kap so hold onto yer caps.

  7. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Rathman coaches the inside power run game and Shanny has been recruiting and coaching the outside zone run game. Nice synopsis from Cohn jr =

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/6697715-181/grant-cohn-keeping-tom-rathman

    Comments on above =

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/keeping-tom-rathman-49ers-staff-mistake/

  8. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Everybody like you all here want to talk QBs so very little in comments about running schemes in above post.

    I think Kaep stays for another year.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going with the Cap savings over Kaep Phil.
    Given the shear numbers game, Schaub is cheaper and, miles ahead of Kaep in terminology/execution of the Shanny Offense.
    If you’re going to ‘move on’, it makes sense to do it like an amputation.
    Ronnie Lott pinky-serious.

    Adios to Kaep, and the unnecessary drama, that comes with him.
    See where the brain trusts take this rudderless ship soon enough.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All things considered with Kaep, he’ll never stand in the Pocket IMO.
    The WCO demands composure and quick decisions, not to mention, accuracy and touch.
    Kaep fails all of the criteria as I see it.

  11. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes Kap’s limitations are well known to us but let’s see what the HC/GM think of his value. His contract will no doubt be renegotiated. $14M too much for him as he will soon discover in FA.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Was reading that the isn’t retaining an Agent right now either.
    Would seem as though he’s not too serious about FA, if that’s the case.
    Agents are busy lining up Trades now for those about to go on tour.

  13. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    the = ‘he’ isn’t retaining…

  14. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Trades doesn’t make sense either geez… DEALS would make more sense.
    Long night….

  15. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Tom Gamble has left the organization. “Mutually agreed.” Sounds familiar. Honestly don’t have an opinion on whether this is good or bad, but I’m going to stick with the assumption that any decision 4949 makes is probably the wrong one.
    http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/49ers-assistant-general-manager-tom-gamble-leaves-the-organization-022217

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Reasonable assumption, Fletch. One of Lynch’s criteria before taking the GM job was whether his candidacy could remain a secret. It did, which he felt proved the team could contain leaks. All it really proved, though, was that York and Marathe were the source of the leakage. And will be again whenever it suits their agenda.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.dawgsbynature.com/2017/2/6/14526890/before-you-draft-garrett-1-please-watch

    I am hopeful we have trusted coaching staff. Lots of hype and agendas out there.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/articles/103826-lombardi-says-kaepernick-begging-job-couple-weeks/

    Lombardi doesn’t believe that Kaepernick will have much demand in the open market. “This is the biggest joke to me in the league right now – is Kaepernick wants a meeting with the 49ers,” he said. “What’s going to happen with Kaepernick? I’ll tell you what’s going to happen with Kaepernick. He’s going to be begging for a job in another couple of weeks. Who’s going to sign Kaepernick? Who’s paying Kaepernick anywhere near $4 million a year? What tape should I go watch to watch Colin Kaepernick play that tells me, ‘Oh my God, he’s really good!’ “At least RG III – I didn’t get that move either – but there was a moment. Kaepernick’s moment was with [Jim] Harbaugh and his accuracy is horrendous. And because he didn’t stand for the national anthem, that became the story when the story is – forget all that stuff – the player isn’t playing very well.” “Poor Chip Kelly,” Lombardi added. “He’s out of football. He bought into it. I know this for a fact: There are people in the 49ers organization that thought Christian Ponder was the best quarterback on their team.” – See more at: http://www.49erswebzone.com/articles/103826-lombardi-says-kaepernick-begging-job-couple-weeks/#sthash.dNCK7HCt.dpuf

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good comments on the 4-3 Under. Aaron Lynch is out of position in this base defense. He will have a home as a DE in the nickel and dime packages. Or he could be trade bait.

    No love for Blaine Gabbert. Will see what KS thinks.

  20. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Promising FA’s to fill out the D.

    http://walterfootball.com/freeagents2017all.php

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Barrows

    “The 49ers found a big body for the center of their new defense when Earl Mitchell agreed to a four-year deal worth $16 million overall.
    The 49ers beat out three other teams — Seattle, Atlanta and Denver — in landing Mitchell, who goes 6-3, 310 pounds and will play the run-stuffing defensive tackle role in the team’s 4-3 defense.

    ===

    Not big names but seems like the new Niners are signing quality FAs that are in demand

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners losing Alex Boone to the Vikes has led to a 4th rd compensatory pick

    “The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that they have received a fourth round compensatory pick. It will be the 37th pick of the fourth round (No. 143 overall), which means it is the fifth comp pick of the round”

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Have been following the draft since the 60’s and won’t stop now.

    I remember when the draft was 15 rounds and there was no internet. You had to wait to read the latter round draft picks in the Chron and Examiner the day after. No such thing as instant info like we have nowadays.

  24. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    That was when you read the sports pages everyday. I remember well when we got Dave Parks and Ken Willard. I loved the 49ers of those days. And, I think they used to go even more than 15 rds.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Front office continues purging the staff. On Friday Matt Malaspina took a job as a college scout with the Packers on Friday. He was let go as the head of college scouting.

    Lynch apparently didn’t think much of the job he had done as the head of college scouting the last 4 years. The draft results have been mediocre so another Baalke guy got dismissed.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Maiocco

    The San Francisco 49ers have a total of 10 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. 
    Here is where they will be on the clock in each round:
    49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
    1. First round: No. 2 overall
    2. Second round: No. 34 overall
    3. Third round: No. 66 overall
    4. Fourth round: No. 109 overall
    5. Fourth round: No. 143 overall (compensatory)
    6. Fifth round: No. 146 overall
    7. Fifth round: No. 161 (pick acquired from Washington in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier)
    8. Sixth round: No. 186 overall
    9. Sixth round: No. 202 overall (pick acquired from Denver in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis)
    10. Seventh round: No. 219 overall (pick acquired from Cleveland in 2015 trade for Andy Lee)

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder

    Dave Parks was one of my favorites when I was a kid. Niners lost him to Free Agency and he became a Saint. Didn’t understand that move at the time.

    The 1965 draft is when the Niners drafted a fullback with the second pick of the draft.They took steady Ken Willard, the blue collar grinder who got you 4 yards on every carry. Chicago had picks 3 and 4 in that draft and they took Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers with those picks. WE know how that turned out.

  28. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Gale Sayers was the best running back I have ever seen. The 49ers of those years played hard-nosed football and were just about as tough as any other team in the league.

  29. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    I believe that Kermit Alexander was the one who put the final hit on Sayers. And I think he was a first rd pick for us the year before.

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Is this guy better than Myles Garrett? Worth taking a long look at
    http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/nfl-analyst-derek-barnetts-better-than-myles-garrett/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTcfc1RzzxA

    definitely an elite speed rusher and worth checking out at the Combine. If Lynch/Shanahan thinks he’s better than Garret then take Barnett at #2

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Winder

    Niners had a decent pair of corners in #39 Kermit Alexander and #37 HOF shuitdown CB Jimmy Johnson.

    Alexander would always get picked on because offenses didn’t test Jimmy Johnson because he was that good.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    So Mitchell at 1-tech NT. Dorsey and Ian Williams have a hard time staying healthy.

    KS is the big guy and needs to be fed. O gets prime attention. About time.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Top two WR1 to be scrutinized at the combine are:

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/2082516/mike-williams

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/2061005/corey-davis

    With 6 yr contracts for KS and Lynch draft strategy is BPA with no pressure on long term planning. If possible trade back from #2 and pick up players that have fallen through the cracks.

    One or both of these guys could be available in the teens. Williams similar to Alshon Jeffrey and Davis to his Clemson predecessors DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins.

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m in favor of CDavis Bakkentom.
    Mike Williams broke his neck in College. As injuries go in this game, ACLs are much more common by comparison.

    I’d be VERY concerned about a previous neck injury in the Pro game.
    I’ve proposed many times, Davis worked with QB Zack Terrell and, put up some respectable stats together, in the football mecca of WMU.
    Get Davis early.
    TN holds Picks 5&18. That combination is EXACTLY the cost of buying our 2nd Pick.
    At 5, we still might have a shot at a good addition, be it Davis or another, 18 could be used as a throw away for a potential Garaoppolo deal.

    Snag Terrell as a late RD developmental project perhaps?
    Reunite Davis with him down the road as Pros.
    Chemistry together already exists.

  35. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Garappolo that is…

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent article.

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2017/2/26/14736842/2017-nfl-draft-position-rankings-defensive-ends-leo-nfl-combine

    To me WR1 and Leo are the biggest holes that need to be filled. With 4-3 Under the LB’s are easier to find so ILB is off the table on day 1. QB waits.

    I am very envious of CLE, with #1, #12, #33. Strong D draft can yield 3 starters immediately. I used this fans hot just to show where their picks are and able to fill major holes with this strong D draft. WR’s in draft may fall due to this.

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Why is everyone so down on Gabbert. Get him a WR1 that can force double teams, opening up other targets. Add in KS play design and playcalling.

    Jimmy G is overhyped with NE system. BG has the size, athleticism, and the QB IQ. At worst give him one year with KS and trade him.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Seeing as we’re slated to convert to a 4-3, DT Jon Allen would likely be gone in a potential Trade back to 5.
    Reuben Foster could still be an option there or, Lynch might opt to find his next protegè at S.
    Hooker/Adams/Peppers could all be on his radar?
    Not so sure Davis would make it to 18 either?
    The drama will be here soon enough.

  39. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We could still have a top ten pick in 2018. Injuries happen, maybe Staley and Bowman again. Young rosters need time to develop.

  40. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We already spent back to back 1st’s on DL. KS is an O mind, do not waste him this year. Every team will concentrate on D in the first round. Let O WR’s fall to us.

    ILB is not as critical to a strong front 7 in a 4-3. Too much draft capital on DB and DL already.

  41. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.dawgsbynature.com/2017/2/9/14561790/cleveland-browns-2017-nfl-mock-draft-7-rd

    Here is the CLE fanshot. They should gobble up D. Same with TENN. KS may even do trade downs to give us a bunch of 2nd’s. He may find our WR1 of the future there.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The early chatter for Garappolo is a 1 & 4.
    By dealing down from 2, in a TN scenario, 18 becomes expendable and, we just Comped with a free 4th, which are tradeable this year.
    The concern is whether Garappolo would do a long term deal up front.
    He still has a year remaining on his Rookie deal. Making him a FA in ’18.
    I wouldn’t spend the money on Cousins, or the Picks in that comparison.
    Schaub would be cheap and, knows the Shanny Offense already.
    Plenty to consider of course.
    Point being, this Draft has much better options on Defense early.
    Wouldn’t mind a bit, having Corey Davis either.
    Very much a T.O. clone IMO. Kid goes anywhere, and fights to make the catches.

  43. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I cannot see a big trade up market in the draft this year. What will CLE get for Garrett? That may be it for a significant trade up.

    Can we do a trade to unload #2. What would #2 plus Aaron Lynch get us. Armstead had shoulder surgery otherwise #2 plus Armstead. We keep Buckner, what else do we have to sweeten #2.

  44. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    TENN needs both 1st’s for their D.

    I think we are stuck with #2, unless we sweeten it with a player someone really wants. Buckner stays.

    Or we could find a Jimmy Graham type TE to stretch the field and get a double team. We could draft for D and get a top ten pick next year. FO may want that.

  45. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Would you take NYJ’s #6 plus Wilkerson or Brandon Thomas for our #2?

  46. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Rare to see players dealt on Draft weekend.
    Many teams play the wait and see game when rosters have to be cut down after the Draft.
    Expensive Vets get bounced in favor of the cheaper Draftees.

    My gamble with TN is to see if they want to leapfrog JAX.
    Both teams have young QBs who could seek a weapon at WR or RB perhaps?
    All about who covets what in this game.

  47. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If KS thinks they can find a WR1 with #34 I would not be surprised if they go D or Fournette.

    Fournette is another way to open up the secondary, a S will have to be up close. Gabbert looks good in 2017 without a WR1. Trade Gabbert for a 2018 1st. Unless KS unlocks his potential for us.

  48. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Fournette sounds like an excellent pick. Prefer him over D.

    No more check downs for Gabbert. One safety will be taken out of the WR and TE coverage. KS play design uses Vance MacDonald as our Jimmy Graham. Love it.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Personally I don’t think anyone would cough up a 1 for Gabbert.
    A 5th? Who knows?
    In the Top 10 we need to hit a long term asset.
    WRs are always a risk, RBs are equally concerning IMO.
    There aren’t any OTs worth the Pick there this year either.
    A FS to replace Reid could easily be justified, along with an edge rusher.
    If Garrett goes as expected to Cleveland, not sure there’s another impact DE there at 2.
    Jon Allen would make my list there if we stay put.
    I’d be more inclined to look for the extra Pick if TN wants to offer them up.
    Protect the QB/Sack the QB is my MO.
    Toss up for me between Hoooker and Adams at this point.
    We’re talking of moving Ward to S which could replace Bethea.
    Still need a FS to complete that duo.
    I wouldn’t extend Reid, I’d seek his replacement this year.

  50. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    With the pass happy League that exists now, versatile DBs/LBs are the way to go IMO.
    In the proposed 4-3 a good rotation of Big Men would serve them well.
    Could get smaller and quicker behind them?

    Haason Reddick from Temple is a kid to watch in Indy this week.
    Former S and RB. Smaller but versatile, as is Jabril Peppers.
    Guys like that can be moved around and used off the edge or in coverage.
    Jon Allen can be played at DE/DT too.
    Bigger Safties/smaller LBs are a nice recipe IMO.
    Plenty of strategies to consider once they decide on how to move at QB.
    Extra Picks makes the most sense to me.
    Deal back if able, and use them as ‘bonus money’ to make it happen.

  51. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is a comment from the dbn link:

    what do you think of Glennon?
    I can only go by what some national writers have said since I have not studied him but I do not see why Glennon can’t be as good as a Garoppolo. I know Bucky Brooks sure liked him:

    Mike Glennon is a franchise quarterback.

    That statement certainly will draw the ire of evaluators with a lesser opinion of the North Carolina State product, but my experience in the NFL as a player and scout leads me to believe Glennon possesses all of the traits to be an effective starting quarterback as a pro.

    Measuring in at 6-foot-6, 222 pounds with A-plus arm talent, Glennon is a prototypical pocket passer, the kind that dominated the NFL in the 1990s and still flourishes today. He is at his best when working off five- and seven-step drops in the pocket, delivering accurate strikes to receivers on intermediate and deep routes. Whereas some quarterbacks are most comfortable piling up completions on a variety of dink-and-dunk throws, Glennon is the master of the pro throw, pushing the ball downfield on deep comebacks, square-ins and post-corner routes. Additionally, he excels at throwing vertical routes following strong play-action fakes in the backfield.

    It seems to me that instead of giving away precious draft picks to the extent soem claim for JG, why not give Glennon a shot AND still draft a QB at 52 or later? We can buy Glennon with $$$$$ and outbid any other team. This way, we can keep those very precious draft picks.

  52. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A caution to your thinking. ATL has a mediocre D, part of it are small DT’s. And Deion Jones a 222 lb MLB. No wonder NE won. If you can’t stop the run, all that LB/DB speed is worth what?

  53. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Come on. Give a QB receiver seperation will do wonders for them. Whether it is through receiver size like TB (Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson for the rookie black on white rapist Winston did 4000 yds his rookie season) or bad DB’s gave Kap a banner day vs Cowboys two seasons ago.

    Play action with Fournette in the backfield could make Gabbert our franchise QB.

  54. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    You stop the run with a good sized DL and good tacklers behind them Bakkentom.
    ATL tackled poorly when opportunities were there.
    Glennon would/could be an option certainly.
    So long as Kaep is sent packing, it works for me to recoup his money and move on.
    We have bucks to spend in FA, there was talk recently of ATL TE Jacob Tamme following Shanny to SF as well.
    Another guy that ‘speaks’ the Offensive language that can help the transition efforts.
    We can certainly improve the use of the TE in this Offense as well.
    I like RB Kareem Hunt as a compliment to Hyde too.
    Another kid to watch in Indy this weekend.
    Small, but catches very well.

    http://www.draftcountdown.com/player/kareem-hunt/

  55. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We could possibly consider Hyde as Trade bait too?
    Not sure how he’s viewed by Shanny at this point?
    Anything is possible when the house is brought down to the foundation.
    He could sweeten a deal in JAX or TN for example.

  56. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gabbert is an Unrestricted FA as of Mar 9.
    Stop the crazy talk that someone will give a #1 pick for him.
    That’s wishful thinking borderline delusional.
    Even if he was signed you would be hard pressed to get any draft pick for him.

  57. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit several guys I’m anxious to see in Indy this weekend – Among many others.

    DE Jordan Willis – K-State
    DE Charles Harris – MO
    OLB Devonte’ Fields – Louisville
    ILB Connor Harris – Lindenwood

    See what you think…

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Been trying to add some links on these guys but it’s giving me Server hangup errors?

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Lemme try shortening them?

    Harris (ILB) was an absolute heat seeking missile in terms of TKLs made.

    http://tinyurl.com/z3rkxlu

  60. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Salary cap increased for everyone this year. Half the teams will be able to be in the bidding game for at least one quality player.

    We still need to be judicious and not squander our bounty. IND GM Grigson started his bad resume with overpaying average FA’s. The run defender OLB from the Packers got real good money. Even paid starter money for Rickey Jean Francois.

    An active FA haul can help to reignite this roster and weed out the pot smokers and other 90% ers.

  61. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://www.ninersnation.com/2017/2/22/14706392/better-rivals-podcast-49ers-kyle-shanahans-run-game-outside-zone

    Good podcast. Outside zone runs and Bobby Turner RB and John Benton OL as position coaches with many years of experience with it.

    Bads news is Joshua Garnett and Trent Brown not good fits. Can they survive with great technique drilled into them. Or more trade or draft capital spent here.

    Sounds like a multi-year rebuild so steel yourselves. Alex Baldacci scored high on grading systems for ZBS, measuring athleticism and change of direction movement.

  62. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Podcast suggested FA capital be spent here. Howard Mudd brought ZBS to Cleveland in the 90’s. Cincy also adopted it and Icky Woods benefited. If they still do it, Kevin Zeitler OG is an FA.

    Dallas Cowboys also do it. Leary OG is a backup with a healthy La’ell Collins.

    So two possible OG pickups. Beadles can move to C.

  63. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Fahn Cooper a Colt.

  64. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Right Tackle

    Current RT Trent Brown is likely too big to be effective in Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme. Last year in Chip Kelly’s zone scheme, he finished 72nd out of 79 tackles in PFF’s run blocking rankings. Brown was slow to get to the second level on run plays in 2016 and the 49ers could use a much more agile RT.

    Ricky Wagner

    Another of the best possible free agent fits for the Niners. At 6-6 and 311 pounds, Wagner has played in Baltimore’s zone scheme his entire career. Wagner is equally strong at run and pass blocking. He finished 2016 as PFF’s 18th ranked overall tackle, is 27 years old and thus in the prime of his career. If Wagner were to continue his outstanding play, he could take over on the left side if Joe Staley ever loses a step. According to reports, the Ravens are going to let Wagner hit the open market. The MMQB podcast guessed his value at roughly what Mitchell Schwartz got last year, $6.6 million per season. Spotrac has his value as $6.9 million per. A younger, proven, effective zone-blocking right tackle for around $7 mil a year? Seems like a no-brainer.

    Pierre Garcon

    We start with one of the most obvious fits of the entire free agency class. Garcon spent two seasons in Shanahan’s offense in Washington and put up the aforementioned big numbers in 2013. A slightly older player who will turn 31 before the start of the 2017 season, Garcon is nonetheless coming off of another 1,000 yard receiving season. His skill set is built to last, as his game is not based on speed but on route running, toughness and sure hands, similar to ex-Niner Anquan Boldin. His market value is set at $8.7 million per season, which is a bit high, but any deal he signs should be on the shorter side

    http://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/1660-realistic-approach-49ers-free-agency/

  65. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://draftbreakdown.com/?s=Leonard+Fournette+

    There are injury concerns, also is he good for outside zone.

  66. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/02/27/pfts-free-agent-hot-100/

    11. Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler

    23. Packers outside linebacker Nick Perry

    24. Ravens offensive tackle Rick Wagner

    25. Cowboys guard Ronald Leary

  67. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the sweetener in action, NJ.

    http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2017/2/26/14691440/2017-free-agency-what-guards-are-available-for-the-jaguars-to-sign

    Trade #2 and Joshua Garnett to JAX for #5 and #35. They are not ZBS.

  68. PhilNo Gravatar says:

    so that was the cerebral infarction? Hope you just deleted this skeebers… but it’s out there now.

  69. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure what you’re referring to, Phil. What should I have deleted and what is “out there now”?

  70. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Berry got contract with KC. Looks like Poe will be tagged.

    4-3 Under turned out to be a good choice. Ravens will keep Brandon Williams no matter what.

  71. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    OK, when was the last time a player came out and said he would accept a trade but only if it was to the Niners? I can’t remember. I am going to be rooting for Cousins until they play us.

  72. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Zack Brown and Kevin Minter are two LB’s that could be acquired when FA starts. Ninernoise.com article has Minter no more than 5 mil.

    http://ninernoise.com/2017/02/24/49ers-5-blue-chip-players-target-nfl-free-agency/

    Why Kevin Minter?

    Our very own Eric Gamboa considered LB Reuben Foster with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. There are other intriguing free-agent options, such as LB Zach Brown or LB Dont’a Hightower.

    But both are expected to receive large contracts, which could be in the neighborhood of $10 million, according to Spotrac.

    The 49ers will need to build their inside linebacker depth, and LB Kevin Minter could be a huge addition.

    Minter played 1,003 snaps this past season, second most on the Arizona Cardinals defense. He recorded 82 tackles and career-high 3.5 sacks this past season.

    At only 26, he would be a fantastic addition to a 49ers defense that needs healthy playmakers. It would also hurt the Cardinals, a divisional opponent.

    On the open market, Minter will probably command around $4 million to $5 million per year. Comparing numbers on OverTheCap.com, I think Minter’s comparable would be LB Wesley Woodyard in 2015, and he makes around $4 million this year.

    Minter could be a big piece to a 49ers defense that desperately needs healthy players

  73. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A NN comment from Nick hardman

    I wouldn’t hate it

    This O line needs a massive overhaul thanks to Baalke. I would sign Wagner, sign a cheaper guard then draft a center in the third. Running stretch zone you HAVE TO have an athletic tackle who can get out and run. Brown is not that guy. We can get by at least with the guards we have. Don’t get me wrong though I would love to have Zeitler

  74. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the FA spends start with OL. The position coach hires say 100% outside zone players.

    We are going to be active in FA. OL and LB. Draft is LEO and WR1. My guesses which are worth a cup of coffee.

  75. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ecstatic if 1st Corey Davis WR1 and 2nd Charles Harris LEO.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m all in for Corey Davis as well Bakkentom.
    Curious to see who gets the first ‘signature’ Pick between Lynch and Shanny.
    Could Lynch see a protegè Safety to build around? Adams/Hooker perhaps?
    Shanny going for the WR or elsewhere?

    Just don’t spend Pick 2 on a QB.
    That’s all I ask….

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    If we grab CDavis, I’d go after his WMU QB late, Zach Terrell.
    Give Terrell a chance to learn the system for a year or 2, reunite them as Pros?
    Could work?

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Rappaport

    “QB Colin Kaepernick’s new agents, Jeff Nalley & Sean Kiernan, informed 32 teams yesterday that they rep him and he will be opting out”

    THe window to opt out is Mar 2 to Mar 7.
    Now his agents need to find him a sucker team that will pay a flawed QB who likes to take a knee during the anthem.

    This distraction will only hurt him in trying to connect with some teams as many owners won’t touch him with a ten foot pole.

  79. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Terrelle Pryor, Dontari Poe, and Brandon Williams going in to FA.

    Pryor looks real good. With Earl Mitchell and a 4-3 base D probably need to keep powder dry and pass on the last two.

  80. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    With Kap opting out we should not be 78 million under the cap anymore. Make a play for Pryor.

  81. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Ricky Wagner and Brandon Williams will not come cheap. Did not think much of Theus but now with outside zone? Fahn Cooper is with IND now. Ravens can afford both.

  82. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Colin Kaepernick will stand during the National Anthem in 2017.”

    Ha ha ha. Principles give way to finding a job. What a fraud.

  83. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    He was, is, and always will be, a punk.

  84. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Where did Kap get his agents, lawyers ‘r us. The same yoyos from the dog pile of the Dem resistance.

    Kap needs to run for office in NY or Cali.

  85. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Kap is now gonna take crap from both sides now. He poked that hornets nest and he’s gonna get stung. He should have just kept his mouth shut.

  86. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe we will take a look at Marshall. Don’t know why the Jets would cut him loose unless it is about money.

  87. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    John Ross WR prospect just ran a 4.22 40 at the combine
    unofficial.
    That breaks Chris Johnson’s time as fastest run.

  88. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers confirm three-year contract agreement with WR Jeremy Kerley.”

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m sold on TE Jonnu Smith as a potential FB conversion prospect.
    Kid posted a 38″ Vert in Indy.
    Already has shown the ability to catch too.
    Curious to see what happens with him in April.
    Jonnu Smith Florida International 6-3/248

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m also thinking of TCU OT Aviante Collins as a possible Center too?
    Kinda short for an NFL OT at 6’4″/295 IMO.
    He moved well, 4.6s in the 40 and, handled the bench with 34reps.
    Plenty strong, plenty nimble too.
    Smells like a mobile Center to me for the ZBS 😀

  91. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Also liked what I saw of WR Robert Davis from GA St.
    6’3″/219 turned in 4.4s and a 41″ Vert
    Good numbers/Good size

  92. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NJ

    TE I liked was George Kittle of Iowa. Supposed to be an excellent in line bloer and posted a dect 40 time.Will be available in the 6th and 7th runds.

  93. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Yeh Bullit – He looks good too.
    Comparable in stats to OJHoward (for what it’s worth :-D)

    Kittle – 6-4/247 4.52/40
    Howard – 6-6/251 4.51/40

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The TE from Ole Miss, Evan Engram tore it up in the 40 (4.42) too.
    Phenomenal speed for a slightly undersized TE.(6’3″/234).
    Might consider him as an oversized WR?
    That’s VD-type of freak speed.
    He also moved well in the 3-cone drill, sub 7sec is pretty nimble.
    He actually edged out Kittle on my list, but I’m thinking about blocking vs potential as a WR with Engram.

    My ‘Big Target’ TEs are Hodges and Shaheen.
    Hodges over Shaheen in the speed dept.

  95. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Love the big VD WR’s. Seperation by size works, QB throws high and back-shoulder. QB’s need to throw, not take sacks.

  96. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “WR Torrey Smith has been informed the 49ers are releasing him.”

  97. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    We must be finding it very difficult to get any takers for a tradedown for #2. So we are stuck planning for the #1 CLE aftermath.

    If Garrett somehow falls to us we take him. Or do a significant trade down.

    Otherwise take Corey Davis WR1. Win a bidding war for Terrelle Pryor or #34 is WR2.

    WR1 and WR2 is the priority.

  98. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    WR3 is a stretch the field cheap Taylor Gabriel type. Or will Garcon be a bridge WR2 until a better is found later. These guys will stay while we figure out QB.

  99. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2017/02/27/49ers-potential-nfl-free-agent-target-terrelle-pryor/

    Pryor in 2016 racked up 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns in his first year as a starting wideout. His totals were striking given his lack of experience and the Browns’ unimpressive quarterback situation. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds with a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, it’s hard not to be excited about Pryor’s potential after last season.

    Why did this guy waste himself at QB?

  100. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Mindi Bach‏Verified account @MBachCSN · 11m11 minutes ago

    #NFL Current cap room for 2017: 1. Browns $103.6M 2. #49ers $90.6M 3. Jags $67.7M 4. Bucs $66.2 5. Titans $61.5M…. 9. #Raiders $43.05M

    The above from a Cohn commenter. CLE and SF in a bidding war for Terrelle Pryor. Ah, to be the prettiest girl at the dance.

  101. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/report-49ers-cut-torrey-smith/

    http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/49ers-mock-offseason-post-combine-edition/

    Lots of food for thought. Hold on to your socks in FA. The Cohn draft must have left NJ with sticky underwear.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No issue with Adams at S Bakkentom.
    He, Hooker or Jon Allen would work for me if we stand pat in Slot 2.
    I’m still evaluating the Combine results at DB/LB and DE.
    Somewhat perplexed at how to evaluate our thinking regarding the proposed 4-3 scheme however. Making it harder to anticipate the OLB vs DE position.
    Glad to see no movement on Eric Reid in terms of a future too.
    I think we can live with Tartt or Ward on the back end for the near future.
    FA? No clue at this point other than to figure Schaub and guys connected to Shanny via DC will make the most sense.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The ZBS puts a wrinkle in my shorts too.
    Understandably, guys Baalke shopped for in recent years, are now square pegs in round holes, to a great extent.

    I liked the agility of TCU OT Aviante Collins in Indy.
    In my mind, he looks nimble enough to consider at Center.
    Can’t see him making a living in the NFL at OT, given his 6’4″/295lb stature.
    Short arms too, at 33+”.
    OG? Perhaps.
    But I liked his agility and strength projected more to OC.
    See what comes…..

  104. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    With so many holes including a revamped OL for outside zone ZBS, why not stick with Aaron Lynch as LEO. The 4-3 Under is the base D so has to be stout against the run. Go with our existing edge guys in 4-3 nickel/dime.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I like the idea of adding Jon Allen to the mix on DL.
    He is versatile enough to move inside or out.
    DeBuck/Arik/Allen would be a nice young trio to anchor that line for a number of years IMO.
    Thus far my preferred Edge addition is leaning to Solomon Thomas from Stanford but, he’s going to go high I think.
    Kpassagnon from Vandy is nice 2nd option at this point for me.
    Lot’s of numbers and workouts to watch yet though 😀

  106. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Had some hope for a rebound. KS offense is built around the outside zone. Need a new foundation on O with the OL.

    Roster build will take time. How much of OL needs replacing. WR Corp will be remade. Expect FA zeroes in here.

    Expect D will be low priority. If unsuccessful with OL and WR FA’s then D can get some.

    Will Brian Hoyer be the bridge that can help teach the KS way. Matt Ryan took a year to get comfortable. If not Hoyer we should be a top ten in 2018 draft.

  107. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    KS needs a QB that can command a KS O. Liked Polian’s PC label of slow eyes and QB’s with them to avoid.

    Need to operate under center, master the footwork while turning the back towards the D. Know everything to expect when turning back towards the D and processing post snap reads.

  108. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs. Carolina, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Seattle, 1:25 p.m.
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams, 5:25 p.m.
Oct. 1: at Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
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
 
2016 Prognostications
Closest To The Pin
  Grumpy: 3-13
  Spitblood: 3-13
  Winder: 3-13
Bakkentom: 0-16
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 8-8, 7-9, 9-7, 10-6
Mr Fletch: 4-12
NJ49er: 5-11
Phil Fan: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 7-9
Skeebers: 6-10

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