It’s been one week since the free agency period started, yet just about all the big names are already off the market. That wasn’t very exciting. It also means there won’t be much happening between now and the end of April. Unless the police blotter gets hot or some other type of scandal breaks out. Or another 49er abruptly retires, like Chris Borland did Monday night.
Michael Crabtree is one of the few brand names still out there looking for a job. Any team thinking about signing him, and San Diego is reportedly interested, will definitely be getting out the microscope to take a look at his oft injured feet before offering a contract.
Former 49er Ray McDonald is suing the woman who accused him of rape and cost him his job. Apparently, his home video system proves the cheating on his fiance was consensual — not with his fiance, of course, but the woman making the rape claim. The last time we heard of his fiance, she had pulled a gun on him in his bedroom, so McDonald is understandably lying low right now.
When the news came out that McDonald would not be charged, there was an ominous reference to another player present that day who might have done something illegal with the woman in question. We know Aldon Smith stopped by that day, but he apparently is not the mystery man referred to. Stay tuned, guys, somewhere out there is another NFL player, possibly a 49er, who could find himself unfavorably in the spotlight this offseason.
Trent Baalke has been yapping away about his strategic brilliance these days, quite a departure from his previous incarnation as the man who never spoke. Jim Harbaugh previously had the feed-the-press duty, so it seems Baalke doesn’t yet trust Jim Tomsula with this onerous chore. In fact, we haven’t heard much at all from the coaching staff since they were hired and quickly squirreled out of sight.
This looks like one of those movies where the crooks huddle up and frantically try to get their stories straight before being questioned by the police. Not that 49er fans are the police, per se, but they are an inquisitive and frequently judgmental crowd. And they can be LOUD.