De Profundis De Not

The first group of NFL players impacted by the lockout are the Free Agents. Guys who do not have a contract with any team and cannot sign one until there’s a new agreement. This is a pretty large group of currently unemployed gents.

April 6th is circled anxiously on their calendars. That’s the day the judge in Minnesota will either lift the lockout or allow it to continue. If she lifts it, there’s still plenty of time for the free agents to find new teams and get a nice bonus tossed at them. If the lockout stays in place, then each passing day of its existence reduces their chances at the cashier’s window.

For the 49ers, the players who would be impacted most are Abrayo Franklin, Manny Lawson, and Alex Smith. These three guys all had visions of big paydays and new teams in 2011. An extended lockout, however, reduces their value to other teams and makes them valuable only to their current team. They will have to sign one year deals with the 49ers and try their luck again next year.

It’s players like these that will put a lot of pressure on the non-union NFLPA suits to get a new CBA signed ASAP.

Another affected group is the players who get drafted this year and the ones who don’t, but would otherwise have a chance as Undrafted Free Agents. The drafted players are looking at zero impact rookie years and the UFAs are looking at a year of unemployment, coupled with having to compete for a job next year with the UFAs of that year, reducing their NFL chances by half.

It looks to me like the players have ten days to ask themselves if they feel lucky. Not only might they lose their shirts on April 6th, but the NLRB might also rule that their decertification is a sham and disallow it. That’s two crippling scenarios. There is no scenario that would cripple the owners.

The natural inclination of Joe Average Fan is to side with players in any battle with ownership fat cats. The leadership of the players this year has managed to bungle that PR edge completely. Fans are not on the side of the players at this moment in time. Quite the opposite. The fateful buck for this bungle resides on the desk of DeMaurice Smith. Personally speaking, I’d have some suspicions about any guy who tries to gussie up his ordinary name like this guy has. “DeMaurice” and “Smith” do not belong together. “Alex” and “Smith” are a solid combination, Smithly speaking. But DeMaurice is a red flag. So is the cheap gangster fedora. I’m getting identity crisis vibes. Pompous or punk. He can’t decide.

This guy apparently sold himself to the players because he had connections on Capitol Hill. That the players were impressed with this, speaks litagatory volumes. Former NFLPA president Gene Upshaw was a former NFL player who understood the value of the player/owner partnership. This guy seems to have convinced the players that the chickens can own and run the hen house. Should this notion prove false, and it could on April 6th, DeMaurice will become DeHeadless and DeHatless in a very short time.

This is DeMerit Skeeberton, reporting from the barnyard.

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23 comments on “De Profundis De Not
  1. robNo Gravatar says:

    hmmm , maybe something will work out for us in this whole NFL/labor mess ! signing lawson , franklin and smith to favorable deals would be a big plus for us !

  2. robNo Gravatar says:

    since the excitement of draft time is starting to build , i’ll throw out my free agent wish for this year ! justin blalock from atlanta would be a good pick up for us imo ! i think he could be signed for a reasonable price and would solidify (the middle ) of our 0-line !

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    DeRob, thanks for de info.

  4. robNo Gravatar says:

    lol skeebs , well here’s more info !
    de profundis might just be a word of the day candidate ! it means out of the deep and is the title of a song by my favorite musician , jon lord (deep purple’s keyboard player) !

    after looking a little closer i think our best case would be marcell dareus with our first pick if he’s still there !
    christian ponder in rd. two would be a good move imo !
    this is really making me want to trade our first pick in 2012 to get back into rd. one this year ! we could land one of the top three CB’s in this draft with the pick ! this is a big year for CB’s and we have a real need at corner !

  5. robNo Gravatar says:

    nj 49er
    i answered my own question ! barrows says rathman was out looking at Owen Marecic ! i think Henry Hynoski might be a good 5th rd. pick for us !

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m hoping Rob has a prescience for what is coming in this year’s draft because his scenario is what I would like to see too.

  7. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, sorry to drag this here, but this is in reply to your last thread.
    Wow, Berger. I’m sorry yer so easily offended. I don’t ‘side’ with anyone. Shit, I;m the one that’s been singing your praises for your D line acumen (it’s a good thing). I did my best to get rid of V’s antics by forcing him to register. He did, and he’s sort of on-topic these days. IOW, I haven’t been forced to delete his usual schtick. I warned V repeatedly, and he chose to ignore the warnings. Therefore, the deletions. If your beef is with Spit, take it up with him. I don’t know what you expect of me at this point. I don’t give a shit if you come back to my blog, but you offered a lot of insight, and most there learned shit from you.
    I already apologized to you, NoFear, BTW. I tossed out ALL posts that weren’t registered, and yours was likely thrown out becuase V was hijacking unregistered names. Berger, as well as NJ9er, NoFear, and others. Mine was hijacked, but since I’m registered, it didn’t show up as a registered name. So, I tossed them all.
    PF, that’s your opinion of what Spit posted. He posts a lot of crazy shit. As did Berger. As does Dennis, me, and others. I let the shit go, because that was the idea behind the blog. It wasn’t until V went ape-shit that I decided to step in and try to gain some control over it.
    I didn’t even catch the post you are referring to, Berger, but whatever. . . You’d find another reason to blame your problems on the lib media.
    Christ, you guys all whine about constiutional law, but bristle when that free speech turns against you.
    Do you WANT more government control (i.e., me) over my blog? I thought you guys were all about less intrusion.
    Oh, I see. It’s a double standard. Much like the Bush years, it’s ‘you’re either with me, or you’re a liberal terrorist nazi. I’m all for democracy as long as you do and say exactly what I want you to . . .’
    Thanks, George. How did it feel to finally have Cheney’s arm removed from your ass?

  8. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    DeSkeebers, never trust the fedora. 


    I’m siding with Harbaugh. Wish I could sit in the same room with my down time and watch all those Walsh tapes. 


  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I’m done with your blog. I have many liberal friends. That isn’t the problem I have. The problem is me being attacked by a person with a like political agenda to Unca’s is OK, but don’t attack from the right. I can even live with that because I can hold my own. Allowing talk of fucking a person’s wife in the ass is deplorable. Honestly, you are OK with that? Obviously you are OK with posters telling others they hate them if they disagree with their opinion, that is bizarre behavior for normal people. I feel like trash when I socialize on your site, and that is the issue I have. I do feel a sense of respect for my fellow posters even when I disagree. There are some on your sight that have none of that. Too bad, it was fun over there for a while.
    I don’t care if you are a liberal, but when it creates preferential treatment, I care. I had a post one day asking V to not attack so much while asking you to clean things up. The only change has been that now you must sign in to have less fake names, but the honor over there is simply equal to white trash. If that is the way you like it so be it, I don’t care for it.

  10. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- BTW, for me to tell you stay off of this blog is not my place here. I will apologize to you and Skeebers for that, but the rest of the post was good.

  11. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Like I said, Berger, I missed a lot of what went on that night. I never saw Spit’s post, or saw your complaint of Spit’s post on my blog.
    Yeah, my bad. I’ll own that, as well as the shit V caused by hijacking names. All I’ve been catching shit for from you and NoFear is the fact that I was deleting V’s posts, and NOT letting anything go.
    Ergo, my confusion. Plus, you have been just as guilty of trolling on my blog as Spit. You admitted it yourself. So, don’t get all self-righteous on me. . . Let those who are without sin cast the first stone.

  12. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Casting stones is sooo First Millenium. I’d rather spew lead myself. But anyway…

    Jesus H. Christ on a stick, folks. They are blogs. No one gives a shit what ANY of us really think. I would hope, anyway.

    A lot of folks need to take a deep breath or twelve, log off, and get a life.

    If your reaction to the V-dude is anything but laughing derision touched with thanks that even when you’re drunk, you’re not THAT fucked up, you are taking him way too seriously.

    And anyone taking politics, or Spit, or me, or just about any other damned thing on the internet seriously also needs a break. It’s all just endless BS, folks.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I never admitted to being a troll. Spit accused me of that and, of course, you always believe him because he is a fellow liberal. What I said was it is funny saying some things that make some people mad, but I never said anything I did not believe. Spit said I admitted to being a troll after I said that. Definely not true, but that is the way your site travels.

  14. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, poor little Berger, you got bent when spit called you out after one of your screeds.
    ‘Saying things that make people mad’ is the definition of trolling, pal. Or maybe you subscribe to V’s version. Whatever, skippy.
    Typical fascist right wing behavior, eh? You dish it out with the best of them, but get yer panties in a bunch when you get called out.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- I appreciate that you just made me feel stronger that I made the correct decision to quit your blog.
    My point was just having an opinion can make some people mad. That is what I thought was funny. I did not say I go on blogs to make people mad. You like to make stuff up to prove a point. That is not a good quality to have if you want to moderate a blog. But it your blog and your world. Have fun with it, Skippy master.
    I notice condescending is a favorite past time of yours, I used to hear that a lot on KJFK, the liberal political station funded by George Soros. I do take some time to listen to both sides. The liberal stations are full of angry people, kind of like your blog.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW- I got my panties in a bunch when you allow someone to talk about fucking my wife in the ass. I have no respect for your blog. Maybe you are a better person than your bhlog shows, but I don’t know you personally.
    As far as being called a troll, I don’t care except that you made it a point of contention in your diatribe. I thught maybe you should at least know the truth, not that you would care about the truth.
    I don’t care much about being liked or not, but I don’t need to feel like trash just for trying to talk to a couple people about football. You don’t seem to understand that concept. You would rather rattle on about your perceptions being facts and calling people Skippy.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- On a lighter side, it has been pointed out to me that you are blogging as Four_t_9_rs over at the Insider. Does that mean you lose the bet?

  18. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    By who, skippy? I haven’t posted there in a while.

    “it is funny saying some things that make some people mad” is what you said.

    Do you deny that?

    Adios, pal.

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry to clog this place up, Skeebs.

    But I’m out of here.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Unca- Why would I deny that. Thanks for taking the time to dig that up. That is exactly my point. It is funny. People get mad because of an opinion, at least on most blogs. Personally, I like hearing other opinions.
    Quite contrarily, on blogs, most like to call others idiots for disagreeing. What I find funny is how pompous and puerile the typical blog is which is nothing but a snapshot of society. Especially since most of these opinionated bloggers don’t spend much money on the team, but typically have some of the biggest and loudest opinions that are not allowed to be questioned. Heck, most know more about football, in their own minds, than the coaches and players. That is very funny to me.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    IOW, all you have to do is have an opinion and state it honestly to set many on the blogs off to condescending expert land. It is funny to set some of these experts off. I’ve had saome fun arguments on the blogs. Some take these debates a little too seriously and make the experience deflating. I’m getting close to being done with blogs. Skeebers seems to run a good one. Time will tell.

  22. Unca ChuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dig it up? It’s 6 posts above this one, skippy.

    As usual, you blather about the evils of anyone who doesn’t share your opinion, and rail obscenely about it as seen by your many anti-democrat rants. When people get pissed at you, you cry foul, stamp your feet, and run away.

    Boo hoo.

  23. Philippine FanNo Gravatar says:

    Just my opinion but neither politics nor crude personal attacks against family members have any place in what I choose to read on a football blog. I do agree that the weaker the argument the more venom the arguers must spew at their opponents.

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