Trading Places

The 49ers threw themselves into the opening Free Agency scrum with vigor, swapping out departing SS Donte Whitner with SS Antoine Bethea, trading low round draft picks for backup QB Blaine Gabbert and reclamation project Olineman Jonathan Martin, and re-signing CB Eric Wright, who also qualifies as a reclamation project. This was all in the first few hours Tuesday afternoon, and nothing has happened since.

The early activity was unusual for the team. The following inactivity was normal. GM Trent Baalke generally doesn’t begin his shopping tour until a week or two into the FA period. The Bethea for Whitner move was not an upgrade per se, but kept the team from having either Craig Dahl or a Black Hole in our 2014 secondary — take your pick which of these two options would be better or worse.

There was probably more excitement for 49er fans watching the Seattle players bailing out and finding new homes, especially guys from their defensive line. Denver made a lot of noise with two big FA signings — CB Aqib Talib and Dallas pass rusher Demarcus Ware. This seems to be an attempt to fool Denver fans into thinking that a little better defense would have made the team competitive against Seattle. Or any of the other three teams in the NFC West, all of whom Denver has to play in 2014.

The 49ers are currently kicking the tires on WRs and slot CBs. Anything else they do between now and the Draft would be a surprise, but not a very big one. Mild, I would say. Trending toward “so what?” or “Zzzzzz.”

Free agency was a lot more fun when the team basically stunk. There were no salary cap issues because there were no players decent enough to draw any kind of paycheck, let alone a big one. Back in the Nate Clements era. Headline material. Not the small transaction wire stuff of the past few years.

Actually, there’s some sort of unwritten law at work here: teams that make big news in Free Agency never win Super Bowls. All they win is a few more butts in the seats for the following season.

49er FA Tarell Brown has not signed with another team yet, which means no one thinks he’s a super duper top tier CB. Sorry, Tarell. Let’s move down the ladder to 2nd tier CB and maybe next week you’ll get a modest raise from the Buffalo Bills. Or you could try the Dashon Goldson menu selection and slink back on a one year deal and try to break the bank again next year, when the salary cap increases by another $10 million.

Just remember fellas, it’s not about the money. It’s about respect. (Cue the laugh track)

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34 comments on “Trading Places
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the FA formula for respect, money = respect!

    Anybody remember Nate Clements getting a useless non guaranteed ad expensive last year on his contract to make it look like he got more respect to his peers. IIRC it was about 14 million.

  2. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Kinda like Alex’s last contract with the Niners.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers are comfortable with Chris Culliver and Tramaine Brock as the starters, and they’re willing to pay Tarell Brown 3 yrs/$10M per source.”

    We’ll see how much respect Tarell gets elsewhere.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bethea will stabilize the secondary and allow his eventual replacement to ease into the role. He will also help Reid as Whitner did last year.
    Whitner got his big payday as Cleveland overpaid. Browns signed
    Whitner and Dansby who cost more than Ward and Jackson and are older.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    T Brown has a 3 year $10 mil total deal on the table.
    Brock’s contract is similar with a 4th year at $4 mil and $14 mil total.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco is also reporting that Thurmond might be a one year $2 mil offer.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    That number certainly won’t fly.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    In all your wisdom did you bother to see what the other CBs were making? This CERTAINLY won’t fly?

    Eric Wright just was re-signed for $900K. Perrish Cox was paid $555K last season.
    On the Seahags Browner made $773K, Maxwell $538K, Lane $556K and Thurmond $607K last season.

    $2 mil is tripling his salary which is not bad for a reserve.

    Obviously you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Gee, is Thurmond better than Wright? COX!!! Yeah, I think so.

    Hmmmm. Browner’s coming off multiple suspensions for substance abuse. Think that plays a part in his salary? Maxwell’s a 6th round pick still on his rookie contract. Lane’s still on his low-draft-pick rookie deal as well.

    Like I said, obsess much?

    Gee. What if I’m wrong? Does that make you king of the internet? Gawd, get a life. I think he signs for more money and more years.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How old are you, Bullitt?

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Justin Tuck says Giants’ offer was “disrespectful”.

    Right on cue.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure Thurmond feels the same way.

    Emmanual Sanders will visit the Niners on Saturday. Funny how I posted that the Niners should make a run at him 3 hours before Maiocco did.

    Like I said, some people post the past. Some post the future.

  13. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    So we’re bringing in Cook to strangle the opposition’s passing game!

    What? Too soon?

    Honestly, not real sure about this one.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    IMO Sanders won’t happen because he’s asking for too much and he’s damaged goods.
    “ESPN reports free agent Emmanuel Sanders may not receive the long-term contract he wants due to medical concerns regarding his feet.

    Sanders has a screw in each of his feet and was limited by a foot injury the last two months of 2014. He is reportedly looking for something close to the five-year, $31 million, $13 million guaranteed deal Golden Tate received from the Lions, but his injury history should put that kind of money out of reach.”

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Tarell Brown is a Raider.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Boobie Dixon just tweeted he’s signing with the Bills.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Boobie tweeted “So glad to be newest member of the Buffalo Bills.”

    Yep. That’s real cause for celebration.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Guess if Boobie wants to get back to the Super Bowl, he better plan on buying a ticket.

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeaqqh, me neither, Grump.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I guess the bad blood around Brown losing his $2 mill carried over to now . . . Otherwise why take a shorter deal to go to the Raiders?

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Raider deal is guaranteed and the 9ers offer wasn’t. He probably wanted to start, too, which might not happen here.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Edelman re-signs with Pats.
    Edelman “Kurt Warnered” the Niners using his visit for leverage
    to get a max deal out of NE. Not sure what he got paid but most likely the Niners were not going to match or even come close.

  23. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Emanuel Sanders signed with Denver.
    In 2015 their 3 tops receivers Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and
    Julius Thomas are FAs as well as Von Miller. Sanders plays the slot like Welker so there is redundancy there.
    It’s all or nothing for Denver in this coming season.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s too bad Kenny Britt turned into such a head case.
    I always liked him when he played at Rutgers.
    Too risky at this point I’d imagine.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I remember when he came out, almost all of my NYG buddies thought he’d be playing for them.

    Instead, the G-Men nabbed Hakeem Nicks.
    Turns out both he and Britt became disappointments and, couldn’t get lucratvie long term deals.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Thurmond to the Giants. Too bad. He would have been an upgrade over Rogers as the slot CB.

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    In all your wisdom, Bullitt, you didn’t see Thurmond signing for near double the number the Niners offered? Oh, yeah. I did!

    Shit, E Sanders would have been good. Oh well.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Thurmond found a sucker willing to overpay for him.
    Good for him. The Niners don’t get into bidding wars.
    Giants grossly overpaid again for Thurmond just like they did a couple of years ago for Baas.
    Niner FO knows that Culliver is a Free Agent after this year and those dollars are allocated to keep him.
    Thurmond has started 8 games in a 4 year career with one Int.
    He’s not worthy of $3.5 mil. because starting CBs like Munnerlyn , Tillman and T Brown just signed those deals.
    I am really happy for you that you are finally right and seem so gleeful. Are you going to throw a parade for yourself?

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Manningham is visiting the Giants tomorrow and is interested in returning to the place where he’s had the most success

  30. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Harbaugh is working out a potential nose tackle!

  31. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Now we’re talking Berger 😀

    Check out Kipers’ most recent Mock.
    He’s actually leaving Nix out of the 1st RD.

    At the minimum, NE wouldn’t pass.
    Hard to believe he’s making money doing this.
    Nothing is perfect in the Draft process.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners still need to sign Osgood to bolster their STs.

  33. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d buy that Bullit.
    He was solid and shouldn’t cost much to retain.

    I wonder if the process is to wait for a player to depart before making the move?

    Curious how quickly the Whitner/Bethea and TBrown/CCook deals were completed.

  34. 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
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