To quote Scooby-Doo: Ruh-roh Shaggy. A league source has informed Matt Barrows that David Baas has agreed to terms on a new contract with the New York Giants. Considering Eric Heitmann won't be playing this year, the 49ers find themselves without much of any experience at the center position. This is alarming to say the least.
As some are stating on Twitter, this could mean the 49ers view themselves as moving into a true re-building phase. Of course, we don't know the 49ers plans in free agency, and they could very well load up on some talent to fill some of these gaps. However, the team has indicated a plan to be relatively conservative in free agency as a general philosophy. Some splashes, but not a lot.
That theory will be put to the test in the coming days if formerly current 49ers continue leaving in free agency. Takeo Spikes is gone. David Baas is gone. Aubrayo Franklin, Manny Lawson, and Dashon Goldson all could very well be gone. Not to say they're all awesome talents, but at some point a certain level of talent is needed.
The question now is who will be the 49ers center in 2011? Adam Snyder handled the snaps for some of Camp Alex, so maybe he takes over the role? Or does the team add a veteran center in free agency? Maybe newly signed center Chase Beeler makes an impact? Questions abound.