Good morning everyone, the day has finally come. Roger Goodell and the NFL finally finished their fantasy draft and got around to suspending Aldon Smith. The nine game ban without pay was harsher than a lot of people thought considering Aldon had a self imposed rehab stint. But that always seemed like wishful thinking to me. Eight games appealed down to six, was what I predicted a few months ago when we thought we would be hearing something on the suspension. Seriously Rog, what was the hold up? And nine games? Who's hat did you pull that number out of? What, 7 3/4 was too hard to hit on the picture of Aldon you were using as a dart board?
Anyways, as far as the on field aspect of the suspension, it hurts a lot, but I don't believe it is season crushing. Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta should be able to fill in admirably. And assuming he makes the roster, Aaron Lynch is a really intriguing option. As for the rest of the roster, Ray McDonald restructured his contract yesterday, freeing up space to maybe, possibly, pay Alex Boone a slightly larger fraction of what he wants. Finally, despite the pick six from Chris Borland, it seems that Michael Wilhoite locked down the starting spot next to Patrick Willis. Despite that, hopefully we see some rotation between Wilhoite and Borland. Now, without further adieu, lets get to those links!
49ers’ 53-man roster projection (Branch)