Hit The Road, Jack

With one week left before the start of Free Agency, the 49ers have yet to re-sign any of their soon to be unrestricted players. All of these fellows are more likely to get better offers from other teams than what the Niners are willing to pony up.

The Niners haven’t been big players in FA since signing Nate Clements in 2007, making him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with an eight-year, $80 million deal. And the following year, signing Justin Smith to a $45 million deal. Since then, the team has mainly shopped in the second tier bargain bin.

Those were pretty crappy teams back then, though, and the Niners had to pay big to get any decent players to come here. And they were not up against the cap limit, like they are now, with less than $2 million of space. Releasing Ahmad Brooks and his $7+ million salary should free up enough room for now. So long, Ahmad.

Big name veterans around the league are already getting dumped for salary cap purposes — Reggie Bush, Ricky Jean Francois, Jacoby Jones, AJ Hawk, DeAngelo Williams, Mathias Kiwanuka — and there will be more as the week plays out.

Unlike previous years, this one could be more interesting for the players who leave the team than the ones who join up. Besides Brooks, Mike Iupati and Michael Crabtree are leaving. As most likely are Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox. That’s five starters from last year. Frank Gore might also leave, making it six, and Justin could retire and run the total to seven starters waving bye-bye.

But not to worry, sports fans, we have Jim Tomsula to remake the roster during his inaugural year of practicing the fine art of being an NFL Head Coach. In just a little over a month, Tomsula has already made the great leap from bumbler to partially competent in the difficult area of holding a fifteen minutes press conference.

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32 comments on “Hit The Road, Jack
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Being picked in the first round of the NFL Draft means a couple of million dollars more and an extra year on that rookie contract.
    Potential draftees know this and their agents certainly know of the bigger payday which means bigger commission. It has come to the point of big business for the agent to hire a team to coach a troubled player with a spotty record what to say in the interview process. If a player sounds humble and contrite it might have been made possible by a good team that prepped him for these interviews.
    Reasons to be skeptical? One Johnny Football who claimed he would end his partying ways and act as a professional if the Browns drafted him. Not only did he go back on his promise to quit the partying he went to social media and flaunted it.
    The Browns are now considering drafting another QB because of his behavior and what Johnny got away with in college doesn’t work in the NFL.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    If the Niners want to let go of Brooks I wonder if they can get at least a 5th or 6th round pick for him in a trade.
    Niners got a 7th round pick in exchange for Patys Haralson.
    Brooks is step above.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe Tomsula should watch old Mike Nolan tapes so he can get his rap down.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t think that will do him any good, Winder. He doesn’t make enough money to buy a suit and tie. Maybe if he wins a SB, he’ll get a raise. Or get fired. Who knows?

  5. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    All the cuts named are guys who played below par last year. Not sure the new Niners take that approach. Maybe we get rid of all the guys with a ‘character’ demerit on their sheets first and see who’s left,(Good luck to you, Knuckles, you can’t pass rush like Aldon) but I doubt it.

    The character edict is convenient in some cases not so much in others.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    They won;t lose both Cox and Cully. Li=ucky for Rom they’ll keep COX!!!

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Cook’s a FA as well. I’m sure they;ll keep him.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The cap cost of the Niner starting LBs is about $36 mil for 2015.
    Somebody definitely must go and it looks like Brooks especially
    with his behavior on the sideline last year.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:


  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    RJF signs with Scotty and the Redskins.
    Falcons released Steven Jackson

  11. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yes makes perfect sense = RJF to Scotty and back to the non-FA signings of yore.

    Yep we’re better off

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Cardinals have cut Darnell Dockett.

  13. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    34 and ACL surgery last year. Thanks, but no thanks.

  14. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Too soon to get a 1st round QB to back up Kap but the clock is ticking on the qb situation

  15. phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    McCloughan drafted RJF in 7th round and gets him back for $4 million guaranteed. We have Tank, Ian, and Dorsey all playing his spots.

    Some have speculated this probably means Justin is coming back.

    Do hope so

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Last year they took Keith Reaser CB at pick #170 in 6th rd.
    They might have drafted Zach Mettenberger QB who lasted to #178.
    I thought Mattenberger or Aaaron Murray would be good picks later in the draft.
    Easy to say this in hindsight.
    Last year was the better year to pick up a QB as this year’s talent level is limited.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Browns have a new QB signing Josh McCown who’s with his 3rd team in 3 years

  18. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    22 starting QBs in the last 16 seasons. Crappy revolving door QBs have become a Browns tradition.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Ever since they dumped Kosar . ..

  20. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think McCown is the starter. Pettine just got there, he’ll get it figured out, and I don’t think he wanted Johnny anyway but he may come around yet.

    McCown’s a pretty good QB, off the bench, too. We could have used him. Especially if Kaepernick’s getting the green light to run, run, run.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Per sources, 49ers are expected to release Stevie Johnson.

  22. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    $6.025 million cap savings.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Unfortunately we gave the Bills a 4th round pick for Stevie but
    it was worth the risk and effort.
    Beats sitting on your hands and doing nothing.
    Apparently this means Stevie wasn’t willing to restructure or take a pay cut.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, he may come back if the market is soft. Just ask Dashon . . .

  25. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Langford’s worth a look at DT.

  26. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    So what’s all this noise about Arik Armstead at 15. I’m seeing Adam Carriker 2.0. A B level NFL player who showed flashes in college.

    If a pundit here is in Arik’s camp, state your case for the behemoth. I’m not seeing a pick worthy of a first rounder.

    As for Cully, if he bolts for the Raiders or whoever else, we have no choice but to take corner. I’ll raise my glass of IPA if we’re lucky enough to land Waynes.

  27. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Phil, Johnson was supposed to be Buffalo’s WR1. They gave him every chance to do it but in the end were disappointed and realized he wasn’t going to make it as that go-to #1. I’m not sure why we thought he’d do any better here but I’m not surprised he didn’t provide the spark for our passing game many hoped he would. Seems to me he made a mistake or two and was hardly looked at when Crabs and/or Boldin were in the pattern.

    Any top receiver looking to make a name for himself is not likely to look here. That includes Crabtree. We’re the team that takes so-so guys or washed up guys looking for that final contract and willing to sign at a bargain price and then talk like those guys didn’t measure up.

    We rarely get all the receivers involved in the game. Many claim it’s the plays or the coaching that don’t target the other guys but I put it mostly on the QB to not get the second and third receivers involved. Mostly because I look at the all-22 and see those guys open and ignored too often on plays that forced a bad situation instead and failed. If the primary was always open for big plays I’d say he was justified but that is hardly the case. In fact, the reverse is usually true.

    Point is, a good receiver wants a chance to make plays. Blocking downfield and running decoy routes gets old when it’s game after game. Especially if he was promised something better when he signed.

    In Crabtree’s case I don’t see why he’d choose to play here over a team that throws the ball.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Franchise, I’m taking Stanford DE Henry Anderson over Arik Armstead, after RD1.

    At Pick 15, I’d hope to select one of the top rated WRs if available.
    Jaelen Strong has already been working with Kaep in AZ, along with Kevin White.
    White should be off the Board at that point and, I’m not convinced Strong rates that highly?
    If Amari Cooper slides through, grab him.

    If not, maybe a slide down by Baalke, for another Pick, would be a prudent move?

    I’m not ruling out a CB there at 15 but, an OT or DT/DE would be a better long term option, in terms of Contract/Production impact, IMO.

    Always fun to speculate this time of year though 馃榾

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    In this game, for me, it’s all about protect the QB/Sack the QB.
    WRs are always risky Picks too.
    Defense/Running game travels.

    If I’m Baalke, I’m going into Pick 15 looking for the BPA.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m going to add this CB to my late RD options list.
    He got a Combine invite and did fairly well in comparison to the others in attendance.
    According to his school Bio he’s had some PR/KR experience.
    Played in 48 games – 211 TKLs/39 PBUs/8 INTs

    Not much out there on him but, he played in the E/W game too.
    Normally an indication of some developmental-type talent.

    Craig Mager – TX State – 5’11″/201 4.44
    Put up a 10-10 Broad and 38″ Vert too.
    Pretty impressive.


  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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 路 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 路 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 路 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 路 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 路 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