I love this time of year, free agency, then a few terribly long months until the draft, once again, thanks for that NFL... The 49ers were shockingly active two days ago at the start of the new league year. I was convinced that we would see a few Demarcus Dobbs and Michael Wilhoite type signings, but nothing major. Instead, the 49ers signed Antoine Bethea to replace Donte Whitner, traded for Blaine Gabbert to back up Kaepernick, and traded for former Harbaugh player and bullying victim Jonathan Martin.
I expected that Donte Whitner would walk away from the team and I'd like to take a short moment to congratulate him on his new contract. Good for you Donte, I encourage any player to take full advantage of their world class skill in the short amount of time they have to cash in. Its a bittersweet win for the 49ers, Donte was a great guy and deserved to be paid, just not by the 49ers (to the extent that he was paid.) That contract was ridiculous, I'm really happy he was able to make that type of money somewhere else.
I'm sure I'm not alone in noticing a trend with this front office and the types of players they like to bring in. In short, they seem to love buying low on potential. It's a good strategy that only teams with no desperate needs can afford to make. European Olympians that have never played football before, check. Injured college stars that need a full season of rehab before they can contribute, check. Disgraced former first round picks, check. And that doesn't include players like Eric Wright, who for one reason or another haven't been able to consistently produce up to the talent that they have flashed. This 49ers team has no desperate needs, and I look forward to seeing BPA being drafted every round, just bring in the talent. To the links!
49ers keeping eye on Brown, other CBs (Maiocco)