The San Francisco 49ers have been fairly quiet this offseason, signing QB Thad Lewis and OG Zane Beadles. It has led to plenty of consternation and speculation as to what exactly the plan is this offseason. On Thursday, Chip Kelly had a chance to chime in on the 49ers offseason. Here is part of what he had to say:
"Are we going to take this player and pay him more than anybody on our team? And is that player worth more than anybody on our current team?" Kelly said. "You also have to kind of look at that.
"Some of the money that was being thrown around at the beginning, you got to be able to manage that. You got to pay some guy who's never been to a Pro Bowl that's going to make more than anybody on your roster. That's a little bit difficult. There are a lot of things that get involved in some of these things."
The pecking order of salaries is certainly something to factor in when figuring out contract decisions. There is a balance between going out and getting the big name, and not pissing off your own players. They're adults and should be able to live with it, but when it comes to salary, ego can still factor into the situation. And this offseason, we saw plenty of big contracts handed out.
That's not to say the 49ers could not find some decent value, but I get at least some of the decision-making to some extent. It puts plenty of pressure on the front office to nail this draft. Obviously they should always be looking to nail it, but I wonder what the mentality was heading into the 2013 and 2014 drafts, as compared to this year. We'll see what kind of urgency there is heading into a draft that is going to need some serious hits.