Four weeks into Free Agency and the 49ers have done just about nothing, except re-signing some of their own players and picking up some table scraps from other teams. The only FA starter signed was SS Antoine Bethea. He replaced the departed SS Donte Whitner. The stats say Bethea isn’t as good as Whitner, but he’s not that far worse, either.
Pretty ho-hum effort from 49er GM Trent Baalke so far. And it’s hard to see any wowzer ripples cast upon the placid roster waters during this last month before the Draft in early May.
I suppose there’s not much more he could do, since all 22 starting positions are already locked in for next year. Maybe there will be an incumbents battle for starting center and for the 3rd WR, plus a stand-in-for-Bowman battle at ILB, but everywhere else there’s a name on the locker already.
Pete Carroll will get a contract extension today, probably making him the highest paid coach in the league. The most interested spectators to this deal will be Jim Harbaugh and Jed York. York’s going to see how high he has to go if Harbaugh wins a SB, or what ceiling he can slide under should Harbaugh not win the big win by the time his current deal expires.
The Desean Jackson saga mercifully played out, and the little guy ended up in Washington. Baalke sent out a last minute sniffing party, but they never made it past the Rockies. The initial reports of Jackson having gang ties has shifted to Philadelphia being okay with racist white players, but down on black guys who grew up in the inner city.
Jeez, pass me a hankie. Jackson was cut because he’s a whiny, me-first meathead in a team game, who’s already admitted loafing through one season because of stressful unhappiness about his paycheck. It’s the same road walked by Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. Washington might get a good effort year out of Desean, but sooner or later he’ll be sulking in front of a mirror, giving speeches to himself and pissing off his mates and coaches.
Mock Draft mania should heat up in the coming days. For the second straight year, the 49ers will be drafting in the thirties. Last year, it was 31. This year it’s 30. Given Baalke’s previous drafts, it’s not likely he’ll stay put in the first round. He’s traded up twice in his first four years, netting Anthony Davis and Eric Reid. In 2011, he didn’t need to trade up. He was already up, drafting Aldon Smith at spot number 10, IIRC. The other year, he should have traded up, but stayed put in 2012 and drafted the immortal A.J. Jenkins, who was such a BUST he was kicked out of town after one year.