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Golden Nuggets: 49ers don't get Josh Norman

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The San Francisco 49ers will not be signing recent free agent cornerback Josh Norman. It seemed pretty mixed, some were happy the 49ers didn't nab him, others have taken this opportunity to vent against Baalke for failing in free agency yet again.

Truth is, signing Josh Norman would certainly help our defense, but,at his age, the idea of throwing the money that Washington did doesn't sound like the best use of our salary cap. If the 49ers were positioned for a playoff push, taking the risk is definitely the way to go, but the 49ers are clearly in a development year, which means $15-$30 million of that salary gets eaten for a cornerback that will turn 29 this season. Sure Norman could light the field up, but when the team is rebuilding, do you really want to have a cornerback eat all that money for one year? After 2016, Norman will be 30 and the highest paid member on the team. The money was just too much with the situation the 49ers find themselves in. If he would have been cheaper, it would have been a great decision, but for the money he's asking? There's other things  to worry about, and like James said yesterday, I don't want to revisit a contract like that in 2-3 years.

Speaking of money, wasn't there a tweet that claimed a source said Norman was going to look at the entire package; the coach, the town, the ownership, and  not about the money? Given that huge contract they fed him and how Washington was the only place he went to analyze the whole package (not to mention the reputation of their owner), that's not exactly scouting the best possible spot. In fact, it seems to prove that old saying: when they say it's not about the money, it's about one thing: the money.

Let's get to the links!

Cornerback Josh Norman bypasses 49ers, strikes it rich in Washington (Inman)

Report: Arrest warrant issued for 'vanished' ex-49ers LB (Maiocco)

John Elway on Colin Kaepernick Trade: "Everything’s right there." (Sakamoto)

USA TODAY NFL mock draft: 49ers land top receiver available (Biderman)

49ers general manager Trent Baalke taking his time to meet with Colin Kaepernick (Biderman)

49ers draft outlook: All eyes on Myles Jack (Maiocco)

Why 49ers May Trade With Chargers or Cowboys For DB Jalen Ramsey (Sakamoto)

Regrading the 2015 NFL Draft's first round (Palazzolo)

ESPN Mel Kiper Has 49ers Making Surprise Pick At No. 7 (Sakamoto)

NFL draft: 49ers' Trent Baalke is on the clock, in need of victories (Inman)

Sorting through 49ers' QB options: Gabbert, Kaepernick or ? (Inman)

Getting drafted a tall order for short QB Vernon Adams (Branch)

Chris Collinsworth's second NFL mock draft for 2016

Even without top QB, 49ers have good chance to ace NFL Draft (Iyer)

Will 49ers’ Baalke gamble on UCLA LB Myles Jack’s knee? (Barrows)

What a horrible night to have a curse...