The Rumor Mill has been spitting out a lot of juicy tidbits the past week, as the FA period nears. Big name cuts, trade scenarios real and ridiculous, and a promise from GM John Lynch that we fans should keep our eyes open for a slew of signings.
With 16 or so 49er free agents, the roster cupboard is mighty bare, so we can take Lynch at his word. There will be bodies coming our way.
One that won’t darken our doors is Colin Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract last Friday, making him an immediate Free Agent with a one week head start on any other FA QBs to be, able to grovel for a job with any team that wants him. So far, no takers.
People around the league are lavishing praise on the Niners’ new GM and HC. It’s possible this praise is earnest and sincere. It’s possible this praise doesn’t mean a hill of beans. And it’s also possible it falls into the category of Arizona HC Bruce Arians’ 2016 preseason depiction of the 49ers as the “sleeper” team in the NFC West. They slept, alright. All the way to 13 straight losses.
As of today, the team has zero QBs under contract for the coming season, but by this time next week, there will likely be two or three signed for our amusement. Matt Schaub figures to be one of them, if for no other reason than helping Kyle Shanahan install his offense. If there’s any other reason he’s here, 2017 will be another long year for all of us.
In the meantime, since the 49ers have needs virtually everywhere on the team, they are floated in every trade rumor and FA signing in the league. In two more days, we’ll see which, if any, of those rumors are true. This could very well be the most active FA period in 49er history.