Just over three weeks until the start of Free Agency. Hopefully, that will give the 49ers’ FO enough time to finish assembling an entire coaching staff, or at least parading them out there in a formal introduction. But, maybe Jim Tomsula has run out of old friends who have been out of the league for half a decade.
The most prominent 49er FA is WR Michael Crabtree. He’s already disassociated himself from the team on his Twitter account, so it’s safe to say he will not be returning for a seventh year here.
When he’s gone, there will be no one left from the 2009 draft, no one from the 2008 draft, and the only guys remaining from Scot McCloughan’s tenure as GM will be Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, Vernon Davis, and maybe Frank Gore, if he is re-signed, and Justin Smith, if he doesn’t retire.
This is Trent Baalke’s team now. And that’s surely the way he wants it. He doesn’t want it to be McCloughan’s team or Jim Harbaugh’s team. Be careful what you wish for, Trent.
Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver, our starting CBs last year, are also FAs, along with LG Mike Iupati. It will be interesting to see if the 49ers re-up any of these guys. They can all probably get better deals elsewhere in the league, and we know the Niners don’t give anyone top dollar. Staley and some others have in the past signed home town discount contracts, but given recent events, it could be hard to convince any players to take that route now.
In the end, the guy who lost the locker room last year wasn’t Jim Harbaugh — it was Jed York.