Happy Monday, fine readers. There has been no 49ers-related ‘news’ over the weekend, of which, thankfully, is the intrinsic value of no 49ers-related personnel being arrested. Silver linings for the Golden Nuggets. Splendid.
First things first, the 2018 NFL Combine convenes tomorrow (Tuesday the 27th), during which time kickers, punters, longsnappers, offensive linemen, and running backs will have their first opportunity to be interviewed by possibly interested teams. Despite not being a ‘top billing’ type of night, it could prove to stoke a few fires, namely with regards to the media connecting teams to certain highly coveted players, like RB Saquon Barkley, or OG Quenton Nelson.
Otherwise, our singular worthwhile reading of the day spells out what should be the final proverbial nail in the coffin for Allen Robinson to the 49ers hopes/prayers/whatever voodoo that you do. I’ve been of the opinion that while it would be pretty darn sweet to land Robinson as a free agent, his extension would ultimately outrank others’ if faced with a cap-space issue. Blake Bortles’ recent extension rewarded Jacksonville with ten million in cap space for the upcoming season, virtually eliminating any possibility that they’d be unable to sign Allen Robinson due to budget constraints, even if it meant using the Franchise Tag. Before Bortles’ extension, using the Franchise Tag on Robinson would have left the team without enough remaining space to sign their upcoming rookie class.
Blake Bortles’ contract may help keep WR Allen Robinson a Jaguar | Biderman, Ninerswire