I won’t lie to you, football is making a comeback in my heart strings. There’s a little humm baby thrumming in there. I swore I’d give the cold shoulder to this faithless, wanton, hussy for at least six months. Screw you! You ripped my heart out in the Super Bowl. I’m done with you. Eat it. Get away from me!
James Harrison, John Abraham, Cliff Avril, Dwight Freeney, Osi Umenyiora, Elvis Dumervil, … — they’re all out there, or will be, running around free for the taking. We could grab one. Ahmad Brooks, you’re doing great, but pull up a seat on third down. We need some “get outta my way” tally ho over there on your end of the D-line.
Besides, this is greed, not football. I can get behind greed. It’s fun. Just ask Jed York, who’s pocketed $400 mil already for 2014 seats. [roooarrr!]
The 49ers have been visiting with a few of these free agents already, the ones who were fired and can sign with anybody without waiting for tomorrow’s opening bell. They did this with Randy Moss last year, though Moss had fired himself and has now been fired again. He’s ringing up the pink slips in his career. Perhaps we can view him as the Most Fired Wide Receiver of All Time.
Guys who visit with the 49ers are pretty much always the ones you can cross off your wish list. If he’s visiting, the 49ers don’t want him. Trent Baalke likes all his transactions to be WTFs!
Our own Dashon Goldson will soon be one of these free range wanderers, but much to his dismay, there are a lot of other free safeties out of work along with him, depressing the market price for his, some say, overpriced services. It could be another disappointing self-shopping spree for DG, and opens the door a crack to re-signing with the 49ers and claiming his heart was here all along.
A short while after the FA period commences, the name tag of Alex Smith will be peeled from a locker at 4949 Centennial Blvd., ending an eight year odyssey with the team. Having completed his mission of restoring the 49ers to glory, Smith will now take his magic wand to Kansas City and attempt to restore that franchise, too. Good luck, Alex. You will be missed.
The 49er FA least likely to re-sign with us is probably Ricky Jean-Francois. There’s a definite market for a fairly decent 3-4 DE and few other teams have Justin Smith to prevent RJF from getting starter’s playing time — and starter’s money. He’s a good locker room guy and, if he’d played more, would also be missed.
It all starts tomorrow, Tuesday, at Noon. And a brand new season will be off and running.