Ink flowing is not normally as fascinating to observe as is paint drying, grass growing, or televised Combine events, but this could change in the next two weeks. The 49ers have until March 13th to re-sign currently held players or see them slip into the free agent pool and float away to the rest of the league.
The team has three types of pending free agents: steak, hamburger, and feces. The hamburger patties are Blake Costanzo, Larry Grant, Chilo Rachal, Reggie Smith, Justin Peelle, Tavares Gooden, Madieu Williams, Brett Swain, and Will Tukuafu. The steak cuts are Alex Smith, Dashon Goldson, Carlos Rogers, Ted Ginn, Adam Snyder, Tramaine Brock, and Josh Morgan. The lone fecal matter is Moran Norris. Flush.
The hamburger guys all bring something to the table, but are not exactly irreplaceable. The steak guys, for the most part, have necessary value to the team. Losing any of them creates a hole in the roster that won 14 games in 2011. And, as I mentioned, fecal = flush.
We’ve all seen this list before, more than once, but it’s good to keep grounded in reality during the annual monthly weekly daily hourly Albert Hallucination storms.
If the team re-signs all the steak guys, the only hole in the roster is at WR, and free agency will be otherwise kind of quiet. We’ll be signing good backups, like Grant was filling in for Patrick Willis last year.
What we don’t know yet, but may find out soon, is whether the steak guys are seen that way by Jim Harbaugh. Snyder, for instance, filled in great at RG last season, but Harbaugh may want someone better. The same holds true for Brock, Morgan, and Ginn. Maybe even Rogers, who is 31 and got torched pretty good in the championship game by Hector Cruz. His rep is high profile and good right now, and he’s probably seeing this as his last best chance for a final three or four year contract, with solid guaranteed money. 35 year old cornerbacks are usually done in the NFL. As much as he says he wants to be back, it seems likely he’ll take the highest offer, which most probably won’t come from the 49ers.
You may have deduced, if you haven’t glazed over by now, that none of this is new or particularly interesting. But, hey, I don’t make the news or the calendar. If I did, February wouldn’t exist and we’d now be opening up April and nearing mid-season form.
Let’s face it, the 49ers are a tidy little operation now, without a whole lot of drama going on. Around the league, there’s drama galore. Indianapolis is nearing the inevitable release of Peyton Manning, Pittsburgh and Oakland are chucking players to get under the cap. New Orleans is going to lose either Marques Colston or Carl Nicks or maybe both. There’s probably a whole chunk more going on that I have been unable to research due to my tight napping schedule.
The ink is out there, though. It’s poised. It’s ready to flow flourishingly atop those dotted lines at the bottom of pages and pages of indecipherable lawyer phrases. Scribbles, grins, handshakes, happiness, announcements, translations, discussions, opinions — it’s all coming soon!