The Ten Four Clubs

With one week left before the beginning of Free Agency, the 49ers have yet to re-sign any of their 12 pending free agents. That’s 23% of last year’s season ending roster in danger of going bye-bye.

Of course, some of last year’s roster was on IR, including Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore, the heir apparents to Justin Smith and Frank Gore. This might be Justin’s last year with the team, but it most certainly is Gore’s final go around — his 10th year as a 49er, which fittingly qualifies him for a place in the Niners’ Ten Year Club.

There are a lot of guys in the Ten Year Club from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80, and ’90s, but since 2000 only Bryant Young and Jeff Ulbrich have made it, with LS Brian Jennings soon to be included, too. A testimony to lousy teams and the salary cap.

There’s a lot of intrigue at 49ers HQ these days, and it appears the “rats” have returned to the building after a three year hiatus. The latest pointy-faced, long tailed rodentarial “source” reports that Jim Harbaugh is losing the locker room and that “franchise face” players are getting tired of his act.

This is probably a good sign. After all, the whole “we’re a family” bit went out the window in 2012 when Harbaugh tossed Alex Smith off the bus like a used condom. From that moment on the slogan “Who’s got it better than us!” was nothing but a hollow bit of blah-biddy-blah. With Seattle and the Ravens holding the last two Lombardis, the slogan has become eyeball-rolling bullshit. This is pro ball. Good teams don’t need to like their boss or carry a set of pom poms in their back pockets. They just need to win games. More specifically, they need to win that LAST game.

There’s been speculation that Jed York may eventually have to choose between Harbaugh and Trent Baalke. John Madden has weighed in saying it’s harder to find a coach than a suit. That’s probably true, but it overlooks the fact that York is a suit, too. And suits tend to stick together.

This offseason drama is exactly what you get when you have three shots to win the SB and fail all three times. Harbaugh is not a media favorite, or a league favorite, or a referee favorite, or probably even a family favorite. Now he’s supposedly not a player favorite, either. The pressure is building on the Jimbo. And the immutable law of media is coming to the land: if you’re bleeding, even slightly, the vultures will start gathering on the telephone wires.

It took Pete Carroll four years to win a SB. It took Mike Nolan four years to get booted out of town. Which way wendeth the Harbaugh man in his fateful fourth year?

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31 comments on “The Ten Four Clubs
  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    One goof: Brian Jennings is already gone. He was cut last August.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Florio and PFT has another story on what Kap wants on a new contract and its $18 mil year.
    As usual his source is some writer for the Boston Globe which is a head scratcher.
    5 years would be $90 mil and I would imagine at least $35 mil guaranteed.
    IMO a fair contract would be $12 mil a year with escalators tied into winning a Super Bowl, NFCCG, Playoffs Total TD passes and 65% completion leading to ability to achieve $18 mil.
    As I’ve said in the past it would be a huge risk in giving him a $17 mil bump in pay for 2014 since he’s only making $1 mil. That’s an extra $3.5 mil per year over a 5 year period.

    The common denominator to teams that have given their QBs huge contracts Ryan, Flacco and Cutler is that the QB is happy with his pay at the expense of the success of the team. Atlanta has Oline and Dline issues with lack of talent. They have a QB and 2 WRs and that’s it. The Ravens much the same. The Bears have an overpaid QB and their defense is second to last.

    If you pay Kap too much, the pressure will be on him and he’ll have to lift the offense to make it better and earn every cent.
    Play like the first game of last season against the Packers and I have no problem paying him. However that game is an anomaly and unless he is consistent the entire team will suffer
    with another big contract.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Grump, Jennings was on the team ten+ years, though.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That’s a starting point, Bullit. I see something around the area of $15-16 mill. What I said before? Not quite. Then again, I stuck my neck out there long before anyonoe here did. As far as pressure goes, the pressure is squarely on Jimbo at this point. No one gives a rat’s ass about the supposed turmoil between Harbs and Baalke. The fans want the team to win.

    Kappy’s got the pressure regardless of a mill here or there. F^%$ing Roman is the guy who SHOULD be feeling the pressure. He’s scott-free at thihs point.

    The longer York hangs out in the land of make-believe, the longer this thrash goes on. I heard he’s in Disneyland as well. . .

    A statement from the boss would do wonders to alleviate some of the hyperbolic bullshit flying around. Even if HIS take is bullshit.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    WR Anquan Boldin signs two-year extension with the 49ers.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    2 years, $12 mill, $9 mill guaranteed.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s what Boldin wrote:

    Boldin confirmed on his foundation’s website that he will be back, writing, “49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I’m returning to San Francisco. Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area. Let’s go after our Quest For Six.”

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s what wrote:

    In fewer than two years as the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick already has twice as many playoff wins as Jay Cutler and Tony Romo do in 16 combined seasons.

    It’s no surprise, then, that Kaepernick wants to get paid as a franchise quarterback on par with the monster contracts signed by Cutler and Romo in the past calendar year.

    Kaepernick is seeking more than the $18.2 million annually that Cutler received in early January, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday.

    If the 49ers aren’t willing to meet Kaepernick’s asking price, he hasn’t ruled out playing the 2014 season on his salary of $973,766 and cashing in as a free agent next offseason.

    Why would he attack these negotiations any differently?

    That $18 million to $19 million request might sound unreasonable for a relatively inexperienced quarterback, but it’s the price of doing business in today’s NFL.

    The 49ers can argue that Kaepernick’s accuracy rating of 54.6 percent under pressure last season was the worst mark in the NFL. Kaepernick can counter with his 21-8 record as a starter, including a few transcendent performances in the postseason.

    The bottom line is Kaepernick will get his asking price from San Francisco or another team next year if the 49ers’ brass continues to balk this offseason.

    Hmmmm, who said this 1 month ago? I just wonder if Kappy’s amenable to living up to his word of understanding that the team needs money other than what’s due him.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ed Donatell signed a two year contract to remain with the Niners.
    His contract had expired after last season.
    He’s a key defensive coach and is recognized as a stellar DB coach.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Got to love the Boston Globe breaking the Boldin story.

    I guess none of the local scribes have twitter accounts. Or pay attention to them.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Boldin: “I don’t think anybody in our locker room has a problem with coach Harbaugh.” Said he laughed at the notion of a rift.”

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Here’s that interview from a guy who should know.
    He’s not an unnamed source and basically says everything about Harbaugh losing his players is BS.
    You have to wonder where Killion really got her info because most of the players have gone home and are scattered across the country.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bill Polian ex GM of the Bills and Colts talks about Niner FO
    and an extension for Kap. He doesn’t think Kap is going to get a big contract from another team that wants to pluck him from the Niners. He said it was guys on blogs who don’t understand the new CBA for the NFL that spread this propaganda from agents. Polian said this isn’t ML Baseball.

  14. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Whew. Boldin for two more years. He’s the canary in the coal mine. If there were any doubts with Jimbo or tension with GM, he would have bailed for greener FA pastures.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Seems to me the GM wants to look to the future and the coach wants to look at this year. A little tension would be the norm. I have yet to hear anything that gets me worried about the 49ers stability. The Harbaugh to Cleveland was interesting, obviously something was there but I doubt it was much. My only complaint is having an offense that is designed by cave men. If we draft a WR and run the same offense next year I would question the GM and coach being on the same page.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Boldin’s cap number for 2014 will be about $2.3 mil which is very friendly and allows manuverabilty in signing other players.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I was wondering who these unnamed “sources” are for the root of these stories.
    A very obvious choice would be Brandon Jacobs who has the obvious axe to grind.
    These stories are just shit disturbers so they can generate buzz and hits on their websites.
    If the Niners were a team with a locker room full of dissension
    and fractured there is no way Boldin would re-sign before seeing what other teams had to offer just by waiting a week.
    His actions speak very loud and his words refuted all the BS rumors.
    Unless the source has a name it is just the equivalent of some methane induced by the flatulence coming out of the writer’s mouth.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Eric Davis pointed out on NFL AM that when Harbaugh first came on board as the coach some of the players were stunned that the practices were 3.5 hours long and very intense.
    The griping stopped when in 2011 the Niners came back on Philadelphia with a contributing factor that they were in better condition. All of the doubters and gripers bought in that this was a winning formula and it has proven to be successful.
    A football team is not a democracy. The coach tells you what to do ann it’s usually “my way or the highway”. Coaches dictate the depth chart and have to deal with enormous egos of guys who are no longer the “big man on campus”. Not possible with a roster of 53 to make everyone happy.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Waiting for Ann Killion to insist her “source” on the locker room discontent was reliable and accurate. Or she could show us the towel she used to wipe the egg off her face.

  20. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe the “act” is the bad offense? If so then I see the complaint as legitimate. I would like Ann to answer the question, “what is the act?”

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Our offensive philosophy is not what is bad, it is the strategy used to get the desired outcome that is bad. All we really need to do to get what RoBaugh, and I, wants is to use formations that don’t allow the opponent to load the box. The simplicity of it all is if we want to run the ball design plays that don’t have our O-line outnumbered on almost every play. If the blocking assignments are easier the running game becomes more efficient.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Would the Niners take Garrafolo in the 2nd Rd?
    Harbaugh gave him a personal workout at Northwestern.
    Both Baalke and Harbaugh are attending the college pro days that go on for the next month.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, I thought you were talking about Janeane Garofalo.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think they pick a QB that high.

  25. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well, we need a good backup. But some people are saying he might be a very low 1st or high 2nd by draft day. We won’t use our first on a QB, I think. And he might be gone by the time we are on the clock again.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Either this is a smokescreen or Harbaugh has genuine interest in Garappolo.
    Seems to favor multi syllable named QBs

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe it is a smoke screen so nobody will think he is really interested in Fales?

  28. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I see Fales being a better fit than Garofalo. And he’ll likely be there in the 3rd.

  29. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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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
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2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
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5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
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