Baalkan War Chest

The 49ers have entered the Patriots Zone, blogospherically speaking. Contending team, no raging controversies, more or less patiently waiting for another season of excellence to eventually come along. I visited some of their blog sites recently and one had ten or so articles with a grand total of two comments. Another had similar disinterest, except for an article about Tom Brady’s new contract extension, which had 81 comments, half extoling their wonderful fellow and the other half saying he’s finished as a big time QB, or has himself entered the Manning Zone — easy run to the playoffs, then splat.

Our own Raging Controversy will be leaving town in a couple of weeks, marking an end to the 49er career of Alex Smith — one of the most decent and honorable guys ever to wear the Red n Gold uniform. He’ll still be wearing a red uniform next year, but it will belong to the Kansas City Chiefs. In exchange, the 49ers received the top pick in the second round this year and a two or three next year.

It’s hard to get all goo-goo, let alone gah-gah, three mere weeks after losing the Super Bowl, but Trent Baalke is doing his best to squeeze at least a gee out of us. He now has around 15 picks in the upcoming draft, five in the first three rounds, probably six after the supplemental picks are announced.

That would be a great number if the team was in a rebuilding year, like 2005, but it’s not. There’s only two or three spots open in the starting lineup, depending on what happens with some of the 49er free agents. It’s probably safe to say the eight man practice squad will see some upheaval and the various backup players on the team could be out of a job soon, but all these picks practically scream AMMUNITION. Either for a player trade or moving up in the first round on draft day.

All in all, excellent work by the 49er GM, who’s doing a better job of GMing than even our own blog junior GMs would have dared to attempt. An amazing achievement.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I am hopeful that the Chris Mortenson report that the Niners are not that interested in Revis
    is the more accurate point of view.
    Just feel that the jest are out to fleece somebody on an injured player that becomes a free agent in 2014.
    I’m thinking giving up more than the 2nd 3rd rounder we have pick #93 is the most I would consider.
    Maybe that’s too high of a price because beyond 2014 Revis would blowup our salary cap.

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    2nd pick (34) in the 2nd round, Skeebs. Jax and KC swap positions by round.

    Clever title . . . The interest for Revis is nothing more than hot air. These guys aren’t that foolish. He’d be a one-year rental at best. I don’t see the Niners laying out a ton of momey for him next year. There are two paths.

    a) Revis does great next season, and demands 5/75 mill (which the Niners likely won’t do.
    B – He struggles due to his injury, and the Niners lose whatever picks they gave up for him.
    Neither is a good scenario, and neither lets him stay. A third possibility is the Niners negotiate a deal mid-2013 if he shows he’s good. Still going to be a pretty penny. Or a billion of them.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So the Ravens are looking at RJF?
    Makes Richard Seymour even more interesting.
    Also that knucklehead Desmond Bryant who got in trouble this week from the Raiduhs is also a UFA and he’s actually a decent DT
    maybe worth looking at if they figure out his problem with the law.
    He should be smarter than to be a thug because he went to Harvard.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If this guy is still there in the 3rd round Baalke should take a serious look.
    The combination of Swope and Crabtree will keep the chains moving as they both get you first downs.
    It also helps that he was the second fastest receiver at the combine running 4.3

  5. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Seymore? Errrrrrrrrrr. Maybe in a motivated locker room he can play some. I’d hate to count on him as an every down kind of guy. Freeney’s also available, but younger hungrier guys are out there. RJF I feel pretty much the same about. People are saying interested, but the price is what sets these deals. If he gfoes it isn’t that big a loss.
    Funny thing is, there’s zero talk around Dashon Goldson other than the Niners are not going to FT him.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Pats are floating the idea that QB Ryan Mallet is available for the right price (2nd rd pick?)
    Bellicheat is fishing for another sucker.
    In 2 seasons he has thrown a grand total of 4 passes completing 1 and having 1 intercepted. That’s a 5.2 QB rating.
    The Pats have a lot of nerve and whoever bites deserves what they get.
    PT Barnum said there’s one born every minute.

  7. robNo Gravatar says:

    HERE’S a very good article on the state of our team ! it’s an offseason overview !

    here are some of the main points of interest !

    Troubling Stat

    8. Touchdowns allowed into the primary coverage of Donte Whitner. No safety gave up more.

    Must Fix It

    Sometimes you have to give to get, which is the case with Whitner. He’s not great in coverage, but he’s smart, physical and gets everyone lined up in the right spots and on the same page, attributes that make him a valuable part of San Francisco’s No. 2-ranked scoring defense. Still, the 49ers repeatedly were beaten for critical pass plays in the playoffs; and that issue could become magnified if Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson leaves in free agency.

    More On The To-Do List

    1. Re-sign Goldson. The hard-hitting, rangy safety has become a core player for the 49ers, and losing him would be a significant blow to the defense. The 49ers reportedly are leaning toward not using the franchise tag (at $7.5 million) on him for the second straight year.

    2. Add depth to the defensive line. Justin Smith will be 34 next season, and Ricky Jean-Francois and Isaac Sopoaga are free agents. The key to the Niners’ stingy defense is the unselfish play of the line, which sacrifices personal stats to make the linebackers look good. Why fix what isn’t broken?

    3. Add playmakers at wideout. Kaepernick had a great rapport with Michael Crabtree, but the offense can still go to another level with more perimeter options. Mario Manningham will be returning from a season-ending knee injury, and the hope is that 2012 No. 1 pick A.J. Jenkins will step up after failing to catch a pass in any of the three games he appeared in.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Mallett’s a bust because he’s behind Brady?

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mallet hasn’t done jack in 2 years. You have to at least played some to have trade value.
    He was a 3rd round pick and they are trying to get a higher pick just because he played with the Pats behind Brady.
    If you read between the lines they do no think he’s Brady’s heir apparent.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eye opening tidbit from Matt Barrows on a third team that got involved in trade talks for Alex Smith that drove the price to what they agreed on.
    “One of the items that still hasn’t been divulged is how the Chiefs and 49ers settled on the current compensation, which is higher than most were expecting. It seems as if other teams might have driven up the price. Which other teams? The Cardinals likely were one, and this report says that the Raiders also entered the discussion and ended up raising the price tag for their division rivals.”

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Falcons are undergoing a makeover.
    Today they are cutting Michael Turner and John Abraham.
    The talk is they are replacing them with Steven Jackson and Dwight Freeney.
    If Tony Gonzales really goes through with his retirement they might go after Jermichael Finley.
    Falcons are reloading through free agency.

  12. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They also cut Danta Robinson. He used to be a really good player. Is he still good?

  13. bigjon49erNo Gravatar says:

    I would have liked the KC safety for Alex. Even if we had to add a pick. I would love to see us with a ball- hawk safety roaming around, taking good angles and reading the QB’s eye’s. I haven’t seen this since… ROMAN! HAHA

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    what about

    Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

    as mid rd. pick for us ?

  15. robNo Gravatar says:

    how about

    Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Sturgis is really good, the Fla St kicker, Hopkins, was much better in college.

  17. robNo Gravatar says:

    here’s an interesting prospect for one of our top choices

    San Francisco 49ers: Matt Elam, S, Florida
    The 49ers could use some youth in their secondary. Elam’s physical presence and attacking style would be perfect in their defense.

    Elam had a superb 2012; making 86 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and five passes broken up. The junior was an absolute force against LSU and dished out punishing hits all game.

    The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder was considered the best safety in the nation, and the best player in the state of Florida, in the 2010 recruiting class. While some highly touted young Gators were quiet in 2011, Elam played extremely well. The sophomore had 78 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, seven passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He was all over the field and always around the ball for Florida.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners have to decide if the read option is going to be a big part of their basic offense.
    If it is the team has to draft a
    specific type of QB to execute it.
    You need a mobile QB that can be a running threat to make it work.
    Nassib is a pocket passer and will be gone in the first 75 picks.

  19. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Enter, Josh Johnson!

  20. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Enter, Frank the Cat’s tail up Alex Smith’s ass. Where we headin’? Kansas City. Kansas City, here we come…

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Flacco agrees to a six year $120 mil plus contract to make him the highest paid player in the NFL.
    The NFL is fickle because at the start of last season you would have to have your head examined if you were to sign Flacco for 6 years at $20 mil plus a year.
    How fast fortunes can change with a good playoff run and a guy who never had a seasonal QB rating over 93.6 and over 25 TDs in a season.
    A contract like this means your set for 6 years or stuck.
    Between Flacco, Ray Rice and Ngata
    the Ravens have committed 1/3 of their cap to 3 players. That means 50 players have to share the remaining $83 mil of their cap.
    Flacco is the highest paid but has never made the Pro Bowl or considered elite. He accomplished what Dilfer did with the same team. he won a Super Bowl and cashed in
    If CK excels he will be seeking a similar deal in 2015 when he becomes a FA and could be problematical to the point of releasing a Staley or Vernon Davis
    to stay under the cap. That bridge is only 2 years away and hopefully we would have won #7 by then.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    As I mentioned previously 2015 is
    a year when a lot of Niner talent becomes available as Free Agents.
    Kaepernick, Crabtree, Aldon Smith,
    Iupati and Anthony Davis are Free Agents.
    If they are not Franchise Tagging
    Goldson it seems unlikely they would give Dashon a long term deal because the sheet hits the fan in 2015 especially with Staley’s salary bumping up almost $2mil that year.
    Here is a useful chart outlining all the Niner contracts
    Obviously the front office will try to reink some of the guys before their final contract years
    and the salary cap might get a big bump because the new TV contracts come into play in 2014.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Terrence Cody most likely will be let go by the Ravens who are one of the many teams courting RJF.
    The Egos, Pack and Ravens are after Francois..
    Some thought Cody would be a good fit with the Niners but he’s turned out to be a second round disappointment after 3 years ala Taylor Mays and almost a bust.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jenkins is visiting the Niners in the first significant Free Agent news of the offseason

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    IDK about Jenkins. I’m reluctant to tie up money in a 32 year old guy. If he will sign a non-guaranteed contract, maybe. Otherwise I’d rather find some good young DLs in the draft.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “He’s gone!” would be better, but this will do nicely, too.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ginn’s father said he’s unlikely to return because the Niners won’t take him seriously and play Ted as a WR.
    Manningham was still on crutches at the Super Bowl.
    Niners need to add 2-3 receivers in Free Agency or through the draft.
    Right now you have Crabtree and Jenkins healthy and K Williams coming off knee surgery as well as Manningham. Lockette and some other guys on the PS. There is a need.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Keep an eye on Rutgers WR Mark Harrison.
    Freaky long arms, ran well in Indy and was a deep threat for Schiano while at RU.
    Won’t have to spend a high Pick on him either.
    One guy that impressed me in Indy was DE Margus Hunt from SMU.
    Played in a 3-4 system at SMU too.
    Could find him with 1 of those early 2 Picks too.
    Should be interesting.
    If we were to get him, having a guy like Seymour on a short inexpensive Contract would be a nice pairing.
    As Moss was to AJ and Crabtree, so too could Seymour be to a Rookie or 2 as a mentor.

  29. robNo Gravatar says:

    jenkins might be ok for depth , but i really hope we keep both sop and RJF !

    I WONDER WHERE ginn thinks he’ll be able to go and get a lot of time at WR ?

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If I were GM and had to draft today this is who I would pick
    1. First round, No. 31 Matt Elam S
    2. Second round No. 34 Zach Ertz TE
    3. No. 61 Dontae Jones DL
    4. Third round, No. 74 Ryan Swope WR
    4. Third round, No 95 Shamarko Thomas S
    Compensatory pick 3rd rd Darius Slay CB

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Hunt had a good combine and was a workout warrior.
    In the Senior Bowl he did not set the edge and was exploited on wide runs.
    He has potential but is very raw.
    I would also take a look at Lattimore RB and see if he will be good as new in 2014.

  32. robNo Gravatar says:


    knowing baalke Margus Hunt might be our #1 pick ! i just hope he’s more aldon smith than a.j. jenkins !

  33. robNo Gravatar says:


    we went from alex smith to kap with no problem ! i’m not too sure we can rule out nassib as a possible backup QB !

  34. robNo Gravatar says:

    MOSS is out according to all reports ! no surprise really !

    ok , so imho the only ‘question’ left is , which WR do we get to replace him !

    i’m pretty sure we’ll either aquire percy harvin or take a WR with our first pick !!

  35. robNo Gravatar says:

    SO FAR

    the two best WR’s for us i know about in the draft are patterson and austin !


  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Nassib will be taken in the 2nd round and there is no reason fore the Niners to use a 2nd round pick
    on a QB when there are other needs.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit your list is a good mix of talent.
    I’m leaning more toward Cyprien over Elam simply because of height and Ints.
    I like Earl Wolff alot too since seeing him at the Combine.
    I’d really have a hard time passing on Tavon Austin at 31 if available too.
    Kid is a weapon.
    Elam and Sharmarko are very similar guys, think it would be a SS and FS combo.
    At FS, Eric Reid, Phillip Thomas are my 2 favorites after Vaccaro.
    I really think Cyprien could play the FS role in our System too.

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m leaning toward Margus as maybe a 2nd Rd Pick and having a Vet come in as a FA while he picks up the game.
    I like that he was a Track guy and played in a 3-4 already too.
    Plenty good in the upside dept for me.
    Big strong guy that could be a weapon in time.

  39. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    There was a time the Niners considered taking Andre Smith to play RT. His rookie deal is up and he’s a free agent. His asking price is $9mil a year for being mediocre and out of shape.
    This image of him will be forever burned into my mind. Apologies if you just ate.
    Can you say Man BOOBS?

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d be very surprised to see Datone Jones get out of the 1st Rd.
    Quite frankly, Seattle is probably hoping he makes it to them in the late 20s.
    He’s a pretty highly rated guy.
    The guy that flopped in Indy was the DE from TX A&M Damontre Moore.
    He could slide for good reason, he stunk it up.
    Also, I think we’ll need to grab a DT earlier too.
    Maybe Jesse or Jenkins in Rd 2?
    I do like the idea of Ertz too if he landed on one of our slots.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Andre benefitted from being a highly rated guy in a weak Class.
    Man Boobage for sure.
    Too much depth in this Draft at OT to figure he’ll get paid very well.
    Like Jake Long in Miami.
    Deep OT Class will dilute the FA Contracts just like it will for Goldson.
    But….Someone is always around to make a boneheaded offer it seems.

  42. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I also think Parys will have a hard time sticking with all the talent coming out at OLB too.
    See how Baalke plays the cards regarding our own FAs and pending Cap cuts.
    Gonna be a terrific cycle between now and the Draft I think.

  43. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Someone’s gonna aget cut as we are over the cap. And the Smith trade doesn’t kick in in itme. Akers? Soap? Haralson? My money’s on Haralson.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Makes sense to me Chuck.
    Don’t rule out Manningham either.
    You could easily gamble with him due to injury.
    I think he’d clear waivers.
    We’re not off the Cap by much.
    We could probably lose a PS squad guy and be compliant.

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I say cut Manningham.

  46. robNo Gravatar says:

    i think manningham will be back

  47. robNo Gravatar says:

    how about jason jones from seattle for some extra d-line help ?

  48. robNo Gravatar says:

    from everything i hear , we’re about 1.25 mil under the cap right now ! says after the alex smith trade becomes official we’ll be under by 9.5 ! add the kicker and it goes to 12.5 under .

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Harbaugh said at the combine that Manningham wouldn’t be ready bt Training Camp.
    If you can’t count on him release him in March and you shave off $3.9mil in cap room.
    He was a receiver that relied on speed and quickness. The injury might have robbed him of some of his abilities.
    Cutting him would be a smart business decision because Mario faces long odds in being what he was before he got hurt..

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lori Silbermen was the first woman ever to be invited to a NFL regional tryout. She might be the last for a long time.
    Her only 2 kicks were kickoffs.
    On try #1 the ball traveled 16 yards. She claimed to have pulled a muscle and her second attempt went 14 yards.
    This is 1000 times worse than Michelle Wie’s efforts to play on the PGA Tour with the men.
    Just another publicity stunt and a joke.

  51. robNo Gravatar says:


    if we let moss go , AND release manningham we’re left with crabtree , ginn and jenkins at WR !

    i’m not so sure i want to go that way just yet !

    it does make me even more convinced we’ll take a WR very early and/or trade for one ! (harvin?)

  52. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ginn is gone too Rob.
    We’ll be counting on AJ to show up in TC and, we’ll likely add a WR or 2 in April.
    I’d like to see a slot guy, (Tavon Austin?) and a taller deep threat added.
    Justin Hunter could be a guy to watch with one of the 2nd or 3rd Rd Picks.
    Austin is a converted RB that flies.
    Slot guy, P/KR and possible RB threat in our Fly Sweep Pkgs.
    I’d be very happy to have him.
    Instant excitement and a no brainer to upgrade to Ginn IMO.

  53. robNo Gravatar says:


    probably more like we sit 9.5 to 12.5 under for now and only cut manningham if/when we finish with free agency and the draft … and like what we see !

  54. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    We’re a shade under a mill over the cap at this point. Hence the need to cut someone before the 4th. Or the 12th? Something like that.
    We are in the same situation as last year WR-wise, if not a little worse. Crabs inproved, but Jenkins and the PS guys are what we got now.

    2 in the draft and 1 in free agency is likely.

  55. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Smith doesn’t come off the books til after whatever the cap deadline is.

  56. robNo Gravatar says:

    AUSTIN seems like someone we should be looking at pretty hard ! how is he doing with his route running ? i can’t tell you how thrilled i am to have added the pick we got from KC ! IMO it’s almost like having another pick at the end of one ! that and the sheer number of picks we have makes this a very exciting draft to look forward to ! we’ll certainly have a lot of flexability to trade and move around this year !

  57. robNo Gravatar says:


    all i see on and 49ers sites says we’re UNDER the cap by a little over a mil , not over ! what sites/sources are you reading ?

  58. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tavon could go before we have a chance to make a decision on him.
    He’s a smaller guy, which not every Team will be able to justify.
    For us, I think he fits.
    We’ll see?
    Manningham is a huge question mark with a hefty Cap number.
    Might be wise to waive him, then bring him back under an ammended Contract.
    I’d gamble that no one will claim him with the injury recovery hanging over his head and the current Contract attached.

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I saw that we were under $1Mil OVER the Cap Rob.
    Peanuts by todays standards.
    Waive Manningham and it’s solved or, cut/restructure a Vet and we’re fine.
    It’s all symantics.
    Ledger sheet kinda stuff.

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The guy I hear they’re looking at is another ex Gnat Dominic Hixson.
    That’s the thing about Manningham. he’s too big of a question mark.
    Putting him on the PUP list means he can’t play for you and he’s eating a chunk of your cap and that would be a mistake because his contract is only through this year and he’s a FA anyway in 2014.

  61. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agreed Bullit.
    Manningham is a great piece for us.
    Problem is, how good is he post surgery?
    Waive him and re-evaluate if necessary.
    Chuck mentioned NYG WR Ramses Barden, he too could be on the street as a FA.
    Baalke has a knack for finding bargains.
    This game of FA has even begun to spin yet.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    ‘hasn’t begun’ to spin yet I meant, sorry

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tennessee has their QB Tyler Bray and their 2 top WRs Patterson and Hunter in this draft all projected to go in the first 3 to 4 rounds.
    Da’rick Rogers another WR was at Tennessee and was kicked off the team and transferred to Tennessee Tech and is also projected to go in the first 3 rounds.
    Tennessee must’ve had a helluva passing offense with all these weapons but they sucked.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I like Hunter.
    Don’t figure we’ll see Patterson.
    Read that Patterson hasn’t been given the highest of praise for the grey matter between his ears however.
    Da’Rick is a Red Flag for me.
    Another WR worth considering is DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson.
    There’s going to be plenty of options in the Mid Rds to grab a quality WR.
    I see no reason to reach early.
    I’m also interested in Rutgers WR Mark Harrison in the Late Rd/UDFA area.
    Big kid, ran well and is a deep threat.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hunter is 6’4″ and ran in the 4.4s
    Good numbers too.
    May be a fit for us?
    See what happens.

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tyler Bray has a cannon but doesn’t throw like a pro football player. He throws more like a baseball player. I’m sure they’ve worked on it since I saw him throw in the middle of the year.

  67. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
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1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
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