I was curious to see if anyone had been thinking about the implications of Corey Lemonier's impressive performance on Ahmad Brooks place on the team? Lemonier is looking like a phenomenal player. A recent article was written on Bleacher Report that examines his performance in great deal. Mind you, he has only started just a few games and he will only get better - especially if he received first team snaps during the next off season.
At a 4 year, 2.8 million dollar contract, Lemonier is leaps and bounds a cheaper than Ahmad Brooks who signed a 6 year, $46 million contract in March of 2012. Mind you, Ahmad Brooks is a 2nd Team All-Pro player for a reason and is in the top 5 in his position in the NFL. The question here is if the performance differential is worth the pay differential.
If Lemonier continues to play at the level he's been playing at, or better yet, improves, I don't see Baalke doesn't trade away Brooks. You simply do not keep someone on Lemonier's level as a back up, especially when he is so much cheaper. I'd argue that keeping both Lemonier and Brooks on the roster in 2014 would be a ridiculous a proposal as keeping both Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick on the roster during 2013.
Aldon Smith is likely to be resigned with the team no matter what. Behavior problems or not, you simply do not let a future Hall of Fame caliber player go if you can help it. With cap space tight in 2014, I think it's highly likely Brooks is traded away during the off season.
And given how good Brooks' contract is, I see the 49ers already bountiful 2014 draft becoming substantially more bountiful.