It’s been 20 years since the 49ers last won a Super Bowl. During that time of failure and boredom, all of us have gone from young dumb guys to old dumb guys. If they go another 20 without one, some of us will be dead dumb guys.
It could be worse. The Raiders have sucked for 31 years. It’s been 50 years since Cleveland last won an NFL title. 57 since Detroit came out on top. Over on the baseball side of life, it’s 106 years of futility for the Chicago Cubs.
The team made it through the first week of OTAs without any major injuries. No injuries at all were reported, actually. Which means there was no news coming out of camp last week. Except for no-shows Vernon Davis and Alex Boone.
Boone wants more money, and he probably deserves it. To my knowledge, Vernon didn’t say why he missed camp, forfeiting a $200,000 bonus in the process, but everyone assumes it’s another money thing. He said on his Twitter account on May 20th that his “.. dream is to be a NINER until I’m old and gray.” That doesn’t sound like a guy who’s going to be unreasonable. Though laughing off 200 grand might indicate otherwise on the reason scale. It appears VD’s wife recently gave birth to a new kid, so maybe he’s doing Dad duty these days.
June 1 marked the day ex-49er Carlos Rogers’ contract came off the books, freeing up $6+ million for the team’s salary cap. The cap was introduced to the NFL the same year the Niners won their last SB title — 1994. It was $34.6 million per team that year. Now it’s in excess of $130 million. A bit of a jump, you might say.
Many people expect that 6 million to be used to extend the contract of Colin Kaepernick. He’s still got one year left on his under-a-million rookie contract, which could get the team through this coming year before they begin tossing mega wads at the lad in 2015, when the current cap is expected to rise another $10 million. They’ll no doubt have to get rid of the salaries of Justin Smith and Frank Gore. And maybe a few more.
As for Michael Crabtree’s extension, I just don’t see it happening. This is his sixth year here and he’s not close to being one of the league’s elite receivers, in addition to being an injury risk. If Crab wanted to be a Niner for Life, and accept a humble salary, he might be here next year. I’m not thinking he’s thinking either of those choices is desirable.