Golden Nuggets: Donte Whitner has "issues" with NFL.com free agent rankings

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Saturday, March 1st, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the internet.

Morning everybody, only a few more weeks until free agency, then an extra month until the Draft, thanks NFL... Honestly, not much happened yesterday in niner land. There was some new details about the Daniel Kilgore extension, and more reactions from from the Jed York vacation/plane flight to Miami "story." But by far the most entertaining story was Donte Whitner's reaction to NFL.com's NFL free agent rankings. Hitner ranked 48th among all players and 5th among safeties. He definitely has legitimate reason to be upset, after all this is his livelihood at stake. I would like Whitner to return to the 49ers, He improved markedly in coverage and despite the numerous personal fouls, he was never fined any money (not that that took away the penalties.) I doubt he has the same lofty contract ambitions as Dashon Goldson, but with all the extensions due to younger players, he might need to find his payday elsewhere. Anyways, to the links!

Donte Whitner lashes out at NFL.com over free agent rankings (BASG)

Whitner has every reason to dislike free agent ranking (Gin)

Whitner has legitimate complaint about ranking (Maiocco)

He’s No. … 48? Whitner not thrilled with ranking (Branch)

49ers contract status update (ESPN)

This looks like the end for Jonathan Goodwin, and the Kilgore extension is exactly what the 49ers did with Alex Boone a few years ago. They develop him for a few seasons as a backup then cheaply extend him long term and insert him as the starter. Getting younger on the offensive line can't hurt and I was never a huge fan of Goodwin in the first place. I don't know how realistic it is to expect the same success as Boone for Kilgore, but I prefer in house promotions to free agent ones.

Goodwin On His Way Out at Center (NBC)

Kilgore's extension averages $1.8 million per year (Maiocco)

Daniel Kilgore Signing Epitomizes 49ers Philosophy (49ers)

Jed York flies to Miami to _____________? (Barrows)

The case for Jim Harbaugh: Great NFL coaches aren’t easy to find… or replace (1st in a series of 49ers options) (Kawakami)

Pay the man? The 49ers and K Phil Dawson (Branch)

NFL salary cap set at $133 million per team (Maiocco)

With NFL cap set, 49ers have $15 million of space (Maiocco)

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