OTA Lift Off

The news out of camp from the year’s first OTA practices was mostly good. The best news was Michael Crabtree has not yet broken or maimed any part of his tootsies. In five years, he’s only started a season healthy once, in 2012. He’s never been seriously hurt during the season, but Training Camp and OTAs have been his kryptonite.

Jim Harbaugh thinks Colin Kaepernick is going to have a “breakout year.” In fact, coincidentally, every HC in the league believes their team is going to be fabulous this coming year. We’ll store these expressions of hyperventilated optimism for the mid-season Guffaw Report.

Vernon Davis and Alex Boone are boycotting this week’s festivities, unhappy with the contracts they signed. Each has two years left on their current deals. Vernon is tossing away a $200,000 bonus by not showing up, which is serious foot stamping territory. The 49ers don’t usually re-do contracts via hissy-fit, so we’ll have to watch this drama play out.

Last week, somebody made a bet on the Browns to win the Super Bowl that was so big it dropped the Browns’ Vegas odds from 100-1 down to 30-1. The Browns still aren’t going to win the SB, but Johnny Manziel sure has a believer out there in throw your money down the toilet America.

Kaepernick has really assumed command during the first few practices, exhibiting the kind of leadership expected of a Franchise Quarterback. There might be some truth to this news. After all, Colin made it through an entire offseason without poaing nude or showing up for an event wearing a Seahawks cap. There is the non-investigation involving him down in Miami, which we hope will turn out to be non-news. Just like we hope the non-investigation in L.A. involving Aldon Smith and his wayward mouth will also end up in the non-news dumpster.

Harbaugh and the 49er brass have taken some heat lately for being Aldon enablers, but the real mistake Harbaugh made was to claim last year or the year before that his team and the franchise were above reproach. Get real. The preferential treatment of Aldon versus the treatment a third stringer would receive is not a lack moral consistency so much as a mere business reality. Some assets are worth protecting and some are not. And some are worth keeping in your own doghouse rather than seeing them show up at a competitor’s kennel.

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21 comments on “OTA Lift Off
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I remember just about 7 or 8 years ago any off-season news out of camp or elsewhere was huge. Nowadays it is just not that big of a deal. So far the big news has been that Skeebers ripped a hole in a tarp and got scared off by a rent a cop. There’s more action on this site than at OTAs by just reading Bullit and Unca trying to prove how much popcorn Grumpy can eat!

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    There’s my secret spy gravatar for Skeeber’s sleuthness!

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    A young, gargantuan, and roided out rent a cop. Let’s be fair.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And I wasn’t scared. Merely discretionary.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Never a good idea to try to get a new deal by going public through the media.
    Vernon Davis is currently 30 years old and still has 2 years left on his current contract. His current deal amounts to cap hits of $7.3 mil in 2014 and $7.0 mil in 2015.
    At 32 when his deal is up he’ll be on the downside of his career.
    This might play out like the other FAs that felt they were worth more.
    VD is getting fair market value for what he’s worth so I’m not sure what he’s thinking. He should come to his senses and report to the mandatory minicamp and training camp because the end result is he’s going to lose money through fines.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Was the rent a cop ginormous?

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Cardinals LB Daryl Washington will be suspended for the entire 2014 season.”

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Washington got a year for a second substance abuse violation.
    Don’t think the NFL has punished him for his guilty plea of assault.
    That’s a big loss for the Cards losing their best LB.
    Another knucklehead repeat offender.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers Museum is set to open on Aug 20.
    On the costly side but 2014 isn’t 1990 and we have to pony up to pay Kap and VD among others.
    Adult – $15
    Child (5-12) – $10
    City of Santa Clara residents – $10
    Senior & active duty/retired military – $10
    Children 4 and under are free

    Now they also have tours of Levis Stadium and that cost is $25
    but it also might get you into the museum but that’s unclear.

    Anyway look at the picture on this link and it’s Y.A. Tittle
    with the helmet with the handle at the side again with the “million dollar backfield”.


  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vernon Davis posted this on Instagram

    Now one can speculate if the new baby is the reason he’s not at the OTAs by his comment.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vying for the position of biggest knucklehead is Josh Gordon.
    He was pulled over for speeding this past weekend.
    The passenger in his car was cited for possession of Marijuana.
    Already facing a one year suspension Gordon is driving around with a bag of pot.
    Now you can understand why they didn’t pull the trigger on a trade when the price was only a 2nd rd pick.
    Will Hill is giving Gordon a run for his money saying his positive test was due to second hand smoke. The excuses are unbelieveable and these guys say it with a straight face.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Some people just shouldn’t do drugs.

  13. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Just like we hope the non-investigation in L.A. involving Aldon Smith and his wayward mouth will also end up in the non-news dumpster.”

    You’re hoping Aldon gets a pass with all of his indiscretions? Are you f’ing kidding me? Aldon deserves to go to jail. Just like the rest of us here if we committed the same crimes “plural” as he did.

    I’m going to be pissed he doesn’t go to jail.
    Aldon Smith *deserves* to be locked up. I’ll be pissed if he skates. No free rides.

    Just like they say in Monopoly…


  14. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What’s really sad is I look like kinda like that bald getting his head shook. But his head is nice and smooth thanks to Gillette.

    “The Best a Man Can Get.”

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All this holdout news isn’t a big deal for me.
    Voluntary is voluntary.

    The current CBA has basically put the old holdouts out to pasture too, unless you feel rich enough, to watch your current dollars get flushed for the sake of being self righteous.

    Re-doing deals may be necessary to find money for Kaep, but, I hardly think Boone and Davis will find much satisfaction, especially going the route they are at this moment.

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It seems like Boone must be getting advice from his agent. With the money involved it’s all politics. I wonder if Vernon’s stockholders are getting antsy.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I just don’t see the point of VD holding out. He got a huge deal in 2010. Does he want out? I wouldn’t think so, but he knows Kappy’s up, and Crabs/Iupati to follow. Why play this now?

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck I almost feel that Iupati and Crabtree are playing their final season in SF.
    2 former high 1st RD Picks and Kaep needing to get paid smells like too much to swallow.

    If I’m Paraag and Baalke, I’m thinking Comp Picks.
    Especially after taking 12 Rookies plus UDFA additions this year.
    Can’t possibly pay all of them.

    Not with Kaep accounting for the bulk of the Cap allocation.

    If not for Romo and Cutler, Kaep might be more manageable.
    Kaep is going to be expecting ARod-type compensation.
    Be nice if we could swing his deal around $17-18M but, I don’t think they’ll be that lucky.

    See what develops…..

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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