In case I did not realize this before, I can confirm now that I should never return to Las Vegas again. I said on Friday that crazy stuff can happen when I go to Las Vegas, and this weekend has only further served to confirm it. In the time I have been gone, we have seen the following news, rumors, speculation, or whatever you want to call it:
- Frank Gore to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles
- Torrey Smith expected to sign with the 49ers
- Colin Kaepernick may or may not be on the trading block
- Patrick Willis, Justin Smith are both expected to retire
My apologies to Michael Wilhoite, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Garrett Celek, Kyle Nelson and Derek Carrier. All four were either tendered or signed new contracts. While that is certainly news-worthy, it kinda sort falls by the wayside amidst the rest of this news.
Just when we thought the 49ers offseason could not get any crazier, it manages to top itself. And as I was enjoying the past few days in Las Vegas, the 49ers entered Thunderdome, and then shot well beyond it.
This team is going to look significantly different when they return to the offseason workout program next month. Their defensive depth chart alone is seeing significant change. The 49ers 11-man defensive depth chart a year ago included Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Ray McDonald, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox and Ahmad Brooks. Those guys are either gone or could be gone before the end of this week.
And of course, Frank Gore is likely gone, Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati could both depart this week, and we don't know the future of Stevie Johnson. Oh, and of course the Kap rumors are out there. I don't expect Colin Kaepernick to be traded, but the longer I stay in Las Vegas, it seems like the more likely it is that something could happen just to mess with me! Thankfully, I'm headed back to DC later this afternoon. I get on a plane at 5:15 p.m. PT, so let's hope for the best.
Until then, start hoarding supplies because Thunderdome is upon us!