Lots of bodies flying off the shelves last week. The 49ers didn’t acquire any of them, and they lost Emmanuel Sanders and traded Deforest Buckner for the 13th pick in this Draft. Weaker on offense and defense. For now.
Not much to fault about losing either guy, though. Both of them went for the money. Buckner was a good player, but not $21 million a year worth. Defensive tackles don’t turn teams into winners, no matter how dominant they are. And Buckner was the only player other than George Kittle who commanded any real value in a trade.
The skyrocketing cost of NFL “superstars” is forcing teams that want to stay competitive to essentially treat draft picks that turn out great as four year “rentals” then trade them in on a younger, cheaper model. Arik Armstead got a $17 million a year contract, but as I understand it, most of that money doesn’t kick in until year three. So, the Niners will get two more years out of him, then probably trade him, too.
At least the NFL is conducting business. They’re about the only sport operating at the moment. Nobody is checking the Sports pages each morning these days, though. They’re checking the latest Coronavirus numbers. Infected, cured, dead. Nearly over 50% of reported cases are in New York alone. No other state is remotely close. More than 10 times the amount of cases as California.
Are the numbers going to explode through the roof, or peak and start to recede? And when? Weeks? Months? Morbid fascination as we sit at home and try to comprehend the strange new world we suddenly find ourselves living in.