Bring Me Your Lame …

The first week of Free Agency has come and gone. A lot of players changed teams and a lot of money changed hands. With the money being tossed at players these days, the “don’t let your kids play football” arguments are going to fall on a lot of deaf ears.

The 49ers were uncharacteristically active this year, signing Tevin Coleman, Kwon Alexander, Jordan Matthews, Jason Verrett, and Dee Ford, along with some special team type reup guys.

Team contract negotiator Paraag Marthe did his usual fine job making it appear the Niners had signed guys to huge contracts yet still making sure that they could be terminated after a year in case the signings turned out to be mistakes. Probably because Marthe has had fairly uninterrupted practice for seventeen years in the art of limiting the damage from 49er mistakes.

Two LBs, a WR, a CB, and yet another RB. Given the injury-prone nature of players during the John Lynch/Kyle Shanahan era, perhaps these two figure you can never have too many RBs since all of them will be carted off at one point or other during the season.

And in that spirit, why not re-sign FS/CB Jimmie Ward for another year instead of signing one of the many talented and healthy safeties that were on the market. We’ll be setting up a betting pool in August as to which game it will be that Ward first limps off the field. Make that July for the pool, since Ward might not make it through Training Camp or Preseason. Heck, he might get hurt before TC while watching TV at home!

At least Ward will have a kindred soul on the roster. In five years with the Chargers, Verrett only made it through the 2015 season without injury. The other four years he spent on IR. Torn labrum, ruptured Achilles, ACL tear, and a torn rotator cuff.

It’s possible the 49ers will start the year with Ward at FS, Verrett at one CB spot, Dickhead Achilles Tear at the other CB spot, and Jacquiski (broke shoulder, busted arm) Tartt at SS. What could go wrong?

Shanahan and Lynch have been able to trade on their reputations through their first two years here, but will not be able to blame another bad season on injuries this time. Not without looking in the mirror and then at the camera as they intone the fateful words: “It was we. We suck!”

Or they could make the playoffs and be the cockiest two sumbitches in the league, with Jed York channeling Chuck and saying he knew it all along!

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55 comments on “Bring Me Your Lame …
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Where do you get your info? Rapp is capable of playing both safety positions and can even be a slot CB. That means he has a superb coverage skillset.

    Your info sources are flawed. Abram can also play both safety spots, he’s just a harder hitter.

  2. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    New Training Staff Skeebs.
    Hockey guy. Cutting edge.
    Injuries be damned going forward.
    TJ Whoseyermama time!

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Something scary from Peter King I read today.
    Seems he suggested DeFo was a topic of OBJ trade fodder in order to retain Pick 2.
    If they were willing to include him in those discussions, I’d seriously have to wonder how dedicated they will be to retain him now?
    SF-TROOP tactics at work.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure Lynch/Shanahan know who they’re drafting without this blog telling them that someone can only play a certain scheme.

    These days they are looking for versatile DBs that can play multi positions.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    The Giants probably asked for Lynch to throw in Jimmy G too.

    Can’t worry about things that might’ve been or didn’t happen.
    The fact that Lynch didn’t cave leads me to believe that Buckner will be here at least through his next contract.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    2017: Witherspoon CB and Colbert FS
    2018: TMoore CB, DJ Reed CB, and Marcell Harris SS

    Enough! Stop It. Wasting draft capital on DB’s. Hoping Lynch sees it that way too. Adding Ward FS and Exum SS/FS. Identified poor DB coaching and changed. Plus Sherman helps the coaching effort.

    High draft picks must be reserved for the premium positions elsewhere. This needless churning damages the overall roster.

    If we are lucky enough to get QWilliams at #2 then #36 or #67 may go for a developing edge. Pass rush, IOL, and WR before DB.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Please save for 2020.

    Albert Breer

    From this morning’s cap report, teams with the most space …

    1) Colts $77.07M
    2) Texans $46.94M
    3) 49ers $37.18M
    4) Browns $35.60M
    5) Jets $35.46M
    6) Dolphins $33.36M
    7) Bills $33.13M
    8) Raiders $32.35M
    9) Titans $31.464M
    10) Lions $29.45M
    11) Eagles $28.72M
    12) Bengals $25.11M

    What are the odds Thomas gets traded during the draft? How did he look as a LEO his rookie year. Out of AA, KStreet, and Blair he has the best trade value. Prefer those 3 at nickel DT over him.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To stand pat on not trying to improve a secondary that only had a all time NFL record low 2 INTs is stupidity.

    Secondary needs a ball hawk and you cannot stand pat hoping things will change. Team needs a deep safety to make plays at the back end to bale out the corners who are getting toasted.
    This team doesn’t have a Merton Hanks to come in and flick the ball away when the corner is burned or better yet pick off that pass.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You are always talking about trading Thomas.
    What exactly do you expect to get in return?

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Develop Colbert, he has the length, size,and speed. Coach him up. If the new DB coach cannot get it out of him, use one of the high picks next year or hope we can use a 6th this April and develop. No longer have 2020 2nd.

    Will also have Ward this fall until he gets injured.

    Higher priority is getting a better IOL with #36, or #67 if QWilliams then edge #67 is done. Need a new C, unless his knee was cause for not anchoring well or being Donald’s turnstile. IOL bad in pass pro against better interior rush D’s. Would be stupid to subject Jimmy to that again and again.

    Above article says a 4th for Thomas might be attainable.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Dee Ford had his breakout season with Chris Jones at 15+ sacks and Justin Houston on the other side in 2018. To expect similar performance needs either QWilliams or top LEO/edge taken in 1st rd.

    Fix pass rush and future C are my top two draft priorities.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Also another obvious, cap at 37 billion so can extend DeFo in offseason 2020.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry I would just as soon keep Thomas than trade him for a 4th round pick.

    Last 4 drafts 4th round Niner picks, Kentavius Street, Joe Williams, Rashard Robinson and Blake Bell.

    You have given up on Thomas in your eagerness for Q Williams.
    I have not and they are in a similar place if you read the draft reports on Thomas and compare them to Williams.

    This one equates Thomas to Justin Smith

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Actually if you look at the film of Thomas in college you cannot
    distinguish his reel from Q Williams highlight reel. It will show you that Thomas was unblockable.
    You’re going all in on Williams as “can’t miss” until he does.

    This is all a crapshoot so I would not be so eager to give Thomas away.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Kris Kocourek analysed his film. College highlight films did not translate to NFL success. Can the new DL coach rehab his lacking pro performance. Or advise trading him.

    Day 1 and day 2 of draft will be the tell. My dream day 1 is QWilliams #2, IOL #36, and let draft board with BPA dictate the rest. That means LEO will be handled by existing player.

    With a killer nickel DT tandem, Thomas will be 1-on-1 all game with the LT. Does Kocourek think Thomas can do it.

    If not then he is wasting a roster space.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    From a 49erswebzone article,

    Which path the 49ers take may become clear prior to the draft. There are unconfirmed rumors that the 49ers are shopping one of Thomas or Armstead. If a trade does occur in the coming weeks involving one of these two players it should be taken as a sign the 49ers are taking Bosa if available.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Offensive line is not an immediate need and it would be foolish to ignore the areas that truly need to be fixed.
    Also the Oline draft class is mediocre and quality is just not there with few stud linemen.
    There is a possibility that an Olineman might not be picked with first 15 picks.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    IOL is an immediate need. It is not playoff level capable. Fix the weak link now with a good IOL class for OZ. Very good DL class may crowd out OT draft class.

    Person paid like a good backup. Why would he agree to that if he wasn’t honest with himself. Richburg, even with good knee, fails with quality DT’s.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We should get at least 2 or 3 new OL’s in camp either through the draft or FA. Our QB’s were harassed continually last year. Both Jimmy and Nick have pretty quick releases but that will only go so far. I read in the Niners Wire that OL wasn’t a real need this year but I think that is just smoke. Our line is fairly old and pretty injury prone as far as the backups go. I think it is a dire need right along with our defensive weaknesses

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Edge rusher, one cb and 1 safety, WR, LB are greater needs than Oline. Remember Lynch has only 6 draft picks to work with so he doesn’t have the ammunition this year.

    The Oline is set with only question mark at RG with either Person or Garnett starting. Richburg is signed through 2022.

  21. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit. I agree with all the needs you said but I still think if the right deal for an OL comes up in the draft they should pull the trigger. I know we will get a few in UDFA’s and maybe that will be good enough.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hey dudes, Matthews and Fowler the killer rush.

    Whoa, check this out.

    Pass the bong and pack it with mega ganja.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Good for him! He was built to star in beach movies, not Ice Station Zebra remakes.. maybe Lebron can hire him to star in a Claymation show… ClayWatch.

    USC a private school and hard to get into. The going rate on the black market is $500,000. Ask Lori Loughlin for more details. Is Lynn Swann the athletic director there. He said this college admissions bribery stuff is news to him.

  24. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Lori Loughlin scamming her daughters into the school with bribes of $500k and photoshopping her daughter as a rowing athlete? Yes that USC.

    Clay Mathews one and done. Can he be the new Fabio. No more State Farm Double Check commercials?

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Take a Punter off the Draft list – They signed Justin Vogel today.
    GB to Cleveland to off last season. See what comes….

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    6’4″/215 from what I found. Played College ball in Miami – Undrafted – 183/7876/43.0

  27. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    LeWrong isn’t gonna be a Laker long.

    Party on Dudes!

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    He’s on a 1yr deal so, maybe they do go after someone late?

    After going undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, Vogel signed with the Green Bay Packers on May 5, 2017.
    Vogel averaged 45.7 yards per punt with a long of 60 in the preseason, earning him a spot on the Packers’ 53-man roster.
    He played in all 16 regular season games, recording 71 punts for 3,155 yards for an average of 44.4 yards.
    He also set the single-season franchise record for net punting average with 41.6 yards per punt and was selected to be a 2018 Pro Bowl alternate.

    On May 4, 2018, Vogel was released by the Packers after the team drafted punter JK Scott.

    Cleveland Browns
    On May 7, 2018, Vogel was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns. He was waived on September 1, 2018.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    If old man Clay can’t take it around the edge like he used to, they can bump him inside. Lots of openings on that D.

    Primo weed for that killer rush. Maybe Clay can be the TV front man for this.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Love me some Frank – Good piece…

  31. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    22 sacks in the last 4 seasons. 3.5 sacks last season in 16 games.
    Turns 33 in another month. $16.75 mil for 2 years?
    Matthews is in twilight of his career and hasn’t lived up to his reputation for a long time. Packer’s website says Matthews has been hampered by bad hamstring that has robbed him of his explosiveness.
    Not a splash signing.

    Phuck the Rams!!!

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Dudes, check this out. This is like today. Start with grow lights in your basement. Gnarly.

  33. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Who Let the Dogs Out

  34. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Aren’t we the busy bunch….

    49ers hire Dustin Little as head trainer


  35. winderNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- why hellyeah Little just put us over the top. I guess we got to keep what cap money we have to sign the rooks and be able to pay a couple of players next year. I was still hoping that we weren’t finished with FA quite yet though.

  36. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Clay Matthews III was great in his prime, and it would have been nice if he had been a 49er, like his grandfather.

    But yeah, he is pretty close to done now.

  37. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I gotta indulge some sarcasm with respect to Yorkism Winder.
    These fukn idiots may figure it someday?
    Hope I’m alive to see it 😀
    We might be leading the way with walking wounded but, our Training Staff is New huh?

  38. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you look into the near future the Niners only have two players that will warrant “big” contracts in Buckner and Kittle. Everyone else who is at least 3 years out from a contract.

    The premise of saving salary cap to sign your own players is a false premise because most guys that matter are locke up.

  39. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bakkentom here’s where I’m going with for my OL options this year.
    Going to nix the OT position, as it would appear we’re set for now.
    Also thinking, the OCs, like Bradbury and McCoy, will go earlier than I’d be willing to spend on them, unless they garner an extra Pick or 2 with a Trade down. Even then? Not sure I’d be spending anything in RD1, which is where they’re likely to go.

    Garrett Bradbury (C) – NCSt – 6’2″/306 – 1.74 Split – 34 Reps (7.41 3-Cone)
    Erik McCoy (C) – TxA&M – 6’3″/303 1.72 Split – 29 Reps (8.28 3-Cone)
    Sua Opeta (C) – Weber St – 6’4″/301 1.66 Split – 39 Reps (8.06 3-Cone)
    Chris Lindstrom (G/C) – BC – 6’3″/308 1.70 Split – 25 Reps (7.61 3-Cone)
    Ryan Bates (OG)- PSU – 6’4″/306 1.70 Split – 28 Reps (7.45 3-Cone)
    Shaq Calhoun (OG) – MSSt – 6’2″/310 – 1.72 Split – 26 Reps (7.46 3-Cone)
    Trey Pipkins (OT/OG)- Sioux Falls – 6’6″/309 – 1.75 Split – 16 Reps (7.61 3-Cone)

  40. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    My targets in this group would be Bates and Calhoun if they make it to RDs 3-4
    Pipkins looks like a perfect swing OT to me. Small school, long arms, great stats.
    Hoping he’s a late RD sleeper.

  41. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Opeta too. Small school OG. Maybe a conversion candidate to OC?

  42. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Hope GM puts more priority on IOL, the unsung heroes that make an offense go. Will see in one month.

  43. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You left this Guard off your list. Would only take him on day 3.

    This would be a luxury pick as other positions are of greater need.

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    And if you were to spend a round 2 draft pick the guy to take is Michael Jordan from Ohio St. He can play both C and G and is very mobile and a big guy. It is not a position of need so Lynch will not draft him.

    To draft a Olineman who do you get rid of? Garnett and Coleman are the backups along with Magnuson as a swing guy. It seems they are set here with other areas of the team needing more attention.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If you draft additional defensive lineman it’s going to force the Niners to get rid of some potentially good players.
    The numbers will dictate that you have to let a Julian Taylor go because you haven’t seen what K Street is capable of.
    Are you ready to cut Blair? Someone has to go if you draft more players for the Dline.

  46. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Jimmie Ward – QB rating when Safety snaps only:

    2018 140.5
    2017 156.3”

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Chuck isn’t too disappointed:

    “Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reports that the collusion grievances filed by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid settled for less than $10 million.”

  48. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Yikes. I knew Ward sucked but that’s awful, Skeebs.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch talks about the changes on the team so far from earlier today

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
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
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
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
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17