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!
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.