Segwe to 2020

The 2020 Combine is coming up later this month, which will get hearts fluttering with excitement for the draftniks among us. And for complete football junkies, the XFL is making another effort at forming a viable alternative to the NFL.

But the rest of us will have to wait for the official beginning of the new NFL season and the beginning of the Free Agency period, some time in early March.

The roster has been a turnstile the past five years, but it looks pretty settled right now. There are no gaping holes to fill and the draft cupboard is a bit bare, so this could be a quiet offseason for the 49ers.

The only significant drama at the moment is whether the team re-signs Arik Armstead, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jimmie Ward, who are all free agents. Personally, I wouldn’t sign Armstead or Ward to lucrative long term deals. They each played well this year, but it was the first time for both of them. Ward because of his injury history and Armstead because of four years doing nothing to justify being a first round one pick.

My guess is Ward and Sanders will try to stay and Armstead will go after the money.

Not sure which is worse – spending the offseason talking about how bad your team is or spending it talking about how they blew the Super Bowl. We could ask the Bills. They’re the only team to go to four straight SBs, but they lost all four of them. And followed that up with 25 years of awful teams.

At any rate, like Bakkentom suggests, it’s liable to be a long, boring offseason in Ninerville. Which is probably preferable to player mug shots and all the other assorted weirdnesses young lads with too much money and too much testosterone are prone to.

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18 comments on “Segwe to 2020
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    A safe conservative approach is let AA run elsewhere for the dollars. Blair will fill Big End/nickel DT. Maybe a small loss. Better than spend on FA like Chris Jones the KC FA.

    AA for a day 2 pick works for me. Just do the KC thing with Dee Ford trade to us. Get deals for DeFo and Kittle this year.

    Please fix TMoore and Witherspoon as well.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I would still try and keep AA unless he’s asking for the moon. If DJ goes down again he is our only true run stopper. Blair can’t stay on the field. I think there are some teams that might give up a late 1st or early second rounder for AA(probably a pipe dream). Maybe Miami. If that were to happen I think I would take it and maybe trade it away for more picks but otherwise unless we could fill a dire need by getting rid of him he proved that he is one of the best run stoppers in the game.

  3. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    For the wrong reasons, Miami is a team to be envied this offseason. 14 draft picks with 6 in the first 70 (#5, #18, #26, #39, #56, #70). 94 mil in 2020 cap , currently the largest.

    They need help everywhere and will have bid higher like all bottom dwellers. They need major help on both lines. MIA and IND are in need of an AA.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Out of the blue today Eddie D was pardoned. looking for the 49er vote?

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-pardons-former-49ers-team-164051921.html

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Smoke screen to set up his own DOJ interests Bullit.
    Doesn’t get any more complicated than that.
    Roddy Blago-jeevich got the get out of jail free card too.
    Banana Republics around the globe are laughing their collective A$$es off.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of “assorted weirdnesses”:

    “Browns’ OT Greg Robinson was alleged to have 157 pounds – 157 pounds! – of marijuana in “several large duffle bags in the rear cargo area” in El Paso, Texas today.”

  7. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Well he is a pretty big guy, personal stash maybe.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    He’s about as good a drug smuggler as he was a left tackle.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Got 4 years and $21m ($13m guaranteed) as a rookie (2014), and was traded to the Lions in the last year ($3.3m)
    He got a 1-year contract from Cleveland in 2018 for only $800,000, and was re-signed by the Browns to a another one-year contract on February 25, 2019 for $6.4m

    (In week 1 of the 2019 season against the Tennessee Titans, Robinson was ejected from the game after he kicked Titans’ safety Kenny Vaccaro in the head.)

    He has received $29,074,098 since 2014… and yet he seems to want to focus on a few hundred thousands from slinging Mexican weed (caught in El Paso) in the illegal states, when it is legal in several states.

    His NFL career is likely over now. Hope he invested wisely.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Reminds me of Steeler RB “Bam” Morris who was arrested in 1996
    with over 100 kgs in his trunk.

    Steelers cut him and he tried to catch on but was never the same again and was arrested for being a drug deal post NFL career.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Just feels like a different offseason this year. The delay of a month before the start has all the offseason stuff coming at us in a hurry.

    I like the way this guy thinks. AA the best asset to parlay into draft capital. Sanders is near the end and take lower contract to go out with a winner. Ward ditto but has stated a low contract is negotiable.

    https://www.49erswebzone.com/commentary/2304-49ers-path-forward-armstead-should-maximize-trade-value/

    Combine is a week. FA couple weeks later. Draft two months after combine. After that will probably check out till mid August.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Stimulating article.

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2020/2/20/21144858/49ers-offseason-nine-predictions-2020-sanders-ward-thomas-armstead

    CB -> prime FA, EMAN gone, and trade Solly for a 4th:

    San Francisco has given Thomas every opportunity to perform, and it hasn’t happened. This is the boldest prediction yet, as it will cost the team over $8 million in dead money to cut Thomas—but that doesn’t mean they’ll try and move him. A fresh start may be best for Solomon, who could improve as a player by, you know, playing. That’s not going to happen on the 49ers. Even with a depleted defensive line, Thomas wasn’t playing more than half of the snaps.

    Thomas is still young enough where another team can find value in him. My guess is he’s moved sometime before the draft, and the 49ers eat $4 million in cap space while saving around the same amount, and picking up a fourth-round pick. Essentially, Lynch is paying for a draft pick. I don’t think it’ll be difficult to find a trade partner as everyone can use depth at arguably the most important position in the sport after quarterback.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Comment at the bottom on Dee Ford. Seems we have a minor Todd Gurley issue for us here. At least he plays 1/3 of snaps.

    “I thought it wasn’t an issue surgery was unlikely to help
    Tendinitis. Pretty sure that’s it and it makes a lot more sense. Surgery isn’t the answer to many joint problems. Surgery can repair ruptured or damaged tendons, don’t think that’s the case here. After surgery for a damaged tendon tendinitis can recur.

    But feel free to speculate wildly based on unfounded hearsay.

    Posted by NinerFanInMaine on Feb 22, 2020 | 7:52 AM”

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I do not watch more than a few live TV games a year. Can anyone critique a short term personnel strategy for this offseason. The lack of draft capital forces decisions and accepts limits.

    OL no additions warranted. Develop and grow Shon Coleman, Skule, Brunskill at OT. For IOL develop and grow Brunskill, Garland. These are future starters and quality depth.

    WR no additions warranted. Hurd and Taylor healthy, even if Sanders leaves.

    FS no additions warranted, unless Ward leaves making this the top draft/FA priority.

    SS is top target with Taart injury prone and Marcell Harris weakest of our backups. Is this true?

    Backup LB for Warner not on team. Need to find.

    CB has question marks. Spoon came back from injury and his playing hurt at end of season was reason for his play? Can we get by with Sherman, Spoon, and Mosely at outside CB this year?

    So on D SS and LB top priority. On O a Kittle-lite pass/blocking TE is top priority for two TE pass schemes. Could see goal of three day 2 picks for these. FA’s for others.

    AA leaving can help create day 2 picks. Solly leaving getting us at best a 4th. Suspect no high end FA’s this year. Kittle and DeFo get big long term contracts

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Restructuring contracts can get us to a 50 mil cap. If needed a CB1 could be done like this, but Spoon and Mosely are backups.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: @ NYJ
9-27: @ NYG

10-4: PHI (SNF)
10-11: MIA
10-18: LA RAMS (SNF)
10-25: @ NE

11-1: @ SEA
11-5: GB (TNF)
11-15: @ NO

BYE

11-29: @LAR

12-7: BUF (MNF)
12-13: WAS
12-20: @ DAL (SNF)
12-26: or 27 @ AZ

1-3: SEA

2020 Draft Class
1. DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
1. WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
5. OL Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
6. TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
7. WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee
 
2020 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-4
Grumpy: 12-4
NJ49er: 11-5
Skeebers: 11-5
Winder: 11-5

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