Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but you get the idea.
The 90-in-90 series is slowly coming to a close. We’ve got two more weeks until training camp, and this series is currently slated to wrap up on Sunday, July 31, the first day of practice. We’ve got several really big names left on the list, but we also have some players on the back end of the roster. I would argue this 90-in-90 series is just as much about those back-end guys as anybody else. We’re here to debate on all 90 players, but the players that generate a “who?” in the comments are worthwhile with this broader scheme.
That being said, and with apologies to the players and their families and fans, it reminds me of this scene from Major League.
And so, today we look at offensive lineman Norman Price. The 49ers signed Price as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi. He only spent two seasons there, having started his career at Hinds Community College, Mississippi’s largest community college. He started in 20 of 23 appearances at Southern Miss.
There’s not a whole lot out there on Price, although I did come across this article from last August, looking at the top prospects in Conference USA. They had this to say about Price, who spent the 49ers offseason workout program as the third team left tackle:
Yet another C-USA JuCo find. Price struggled with weight and conditioning issues last season (had to drop 20 lbs to get to 335) but he is an impressive athlete with very good lateral movement for his size and will start at right tackle for the Golden Eagles this season.
Appeared in 23 games (20 starts) during his two-year career at Southern Mississippi. Started all 14 games as a senior in 2015. Appeared in 9 games (6 starts) as a junior after transferring from Hinds (Raymond, MS) Community College. In two years at Hinds, appeared in 19 games and earned both First-Team All-Region 23 and all-state honors in 2013. Attended Vicksburg (MS) HS, where he lettered as a senior. Born 8/25/94 in Vicksburg, MS.
Age: 21 (22 on August 25)
Weight: 311 lbs
He signed a three-year UDFA contract, with a $5,000 signing bonus. If he makes the 53-man roster, his base salary will be $450,000, and his cap hit will be $451,666.
What to expect in 2016
Unless we see him climb up the depth chart in training camp, a release or the practice squad are the two most likely options for Price. The 49ers gave more guaranteed money to offensive linemen Alex Balducci ($57,500) and Blake Muir ($25,000), Price could have an uphill climb just to make the practice squad.
Odds of making the roster
Somewhere between slim and none, and I think slim might have left town. There are always players that surprise us in training camp and the preseason, so I won’t say it’s a lock that he doesn’t make the roster, but his chances are very low.