1:00 pm tomorrow the 2014 season is officially underway and the airports will be full of free agents flying hither and yon in search of jobs, money, championships, or playing close to home. The air will be full of hyperbole, bullshit, and plain old mendacity.
It seems safe to say adios to CB Tarell Brown at this point. He had a nice little run here in San Francisco. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft, he finally became a starter in 2011, got jobbed out of $2 million by his snoozing agent in 2013, and now has a chance to make some serious money in Free Agency. The 49ers had a chance to do right by him and pay him the lost money, but chose to pretend their hands were tied. Don’t expect Tarell to feel lovey-dovey about staying in SF.
SS Donte Whitner looks like a goner, too. He’ll get an offer he can’t refuse, but it won’t be from the Niners. Also likely departing from the secondary is Carlos Rogers. The team won’t keep him at $8 mil a year and he won’t take a pay cut. Perrish Cox and Eric Wright have not yet been re-signed, either.
Gadzooks! That’s a possible five departures from the secondary. So it looks like the team will be once again rebuilding the DB area this coming year. Which is what we did last year, too. If we have to do it again next year, Rod Serling’s going to show up and start lurking in the hallways of 4949 Centennial Blvd., wiggling his eyebrows ominously.
Or Whitner could re-sign today or tomorrow morning and I’d have to take my face to Unca_Chuck’s Egg Removal Salon. Ouch!
Not sure what GM Trent Baalke’s free agency plan is at this point. We need WRs and DBs, but those kind of FAs tend to be quite expensive if they’re any good. This year, due to the rising salary cap, the scuttlebutt seems to be that they’ll be more expensive than ever. The 49ers don’t shop in this high rent district, though. They’re strictly bargain hunters.
Filling five spots in the secondary is too much to ask of the May Draft, however, so Baalke will have to figure out a way around this. Sending Jim Harbaugh into the 2014 season with a depleted secondary is not going to improve the reportedly tense relationship between these two guys.