Wednesday begins a new NFL year and all across the land billionaire owners will be redistributing their wealth to a few lucky players who probably won’t come near living up to the cost of doing business with them.
The 49ers rarely indulge in the first extravagant week of this monetary free-for-all, preferring to wait for second tier bargains in week two. At least current GM Trent Baalke normally operates that way. Last year’s splurge on WR Torrey Smith was an exception, and not a particularly astute departure given last season’s emphasis on running a two tight end offense. Signing tackle/guard Erik Pears was more Baalke’s style, and that didn’t work very well, either.
With $50 million or so in Cap space and a humilated owner, there’s been a lot of speculation the 49ers will belly up to the bar this week and grab a big time player or two. We’ll see. When it comes to Jed York‘s words, there’s never much correlation to reality. Jed likes to talk big and carry a little stick.
It’s also possible that nobody really much cares what the team does. York poisoned the soul of the franchise last year and it’s very hard to come back from that kind of transgression. It’s not that fans don’t want the 49ers to succeed; they just don’t want Jed to succeed. Unfortunately, it’s tough separating the two hopes.
But, fan angst or not, at least the coming week will be interesting and newsworthy. Small favors.