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Signing Maurice Jones-Drew is not so Far-Fetched

so, most 49ers fans are downplaying the Vernon Davis-MJD connection as merely coincidence. After all, we have Gore, and Hunter, and Lattimore, and LaMichael James. Here are a few reasons why its not so far-fetched.

1. Local. He's from Antioch (my hometown!), played at De La Salle.

2. Dude wants a ring. He's a borderline HOF guy who would kill for a ring. He's got $35m+ in lifetime earnings under his belt, he doesn't need the money.

3. He's Cheap. Anyone care to guess what the market is for a late-20s running back? not much. Michael Turner got $5.5m per year at age 26. Stephen Jackson got a 3 year, $12m contract with only $4m guaranteed at age 30. Atlanta overpaid, and MJD is coming off some injuries.

4. Its a good fit. Gore is mediocre out of the backfield, historically, MJD is pretty awesome as a receiver. Lattimore is an unproven commodity. Gore is gone after 2014. hunter isn't the same post-achilles. LaMichael James is an enigma.

5. Are we building for 2014? based on the probably re-signing of Boldin and the possible re-signing of Whitner, my answer is yes. 2014 is a final run at a title before we do some re-tweaking for a 2016+ run...not to say that 2015 won't be a solid team too. Makes a lot of sense if you look at our contract schedules. OUR RUNNING GAME FAILED vs. Sea -- if we're going to beat them, we need to load up.

So, 2014 backfield would be Gore, MJD, Hunter, and Lattimore. 2015/6 backfield is MJD/Lattimore. 3-year contract, low pay. market for 28 year old RBs is pretty slim.

Bonus: higher 2014 salary cap.

Issue: What to do with LaMichael James

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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