The 49ers struck a deal with former Titan’s wide receiver Brandon Jones worth $16.5 million over five years. Jones had 41 receptions, 449 receiving yards and one touchdown last season. He played mostly on third down last year and was third on the Titan’s depth chart. The 49ers went out and signed a receiver which I was hoping but this was not what I was thinking. Nonetheless no one expects Jones to be the number one receiver next year but with Bryant Johnson signing with the Loins and Isaac Bruce being a 50-50 chance of resigning, Jones might be the de facto number one receiver anyways. There are still plenty of quality receivers in T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Marvin Harrison and Laveranues Coles who can fill the number one receiving spot. However none so far are expected to visit the Niners. Note the Seahawks have a lot of interest in Housh which would mean facing him twice a year. That alone would make me want to sign him to keep him from going to a divisional rival minus the need of a number one receiver.
Kurt Warner to Visit Niners
Kurt Warner is expected to visit the Niners this week. I didn’t understand why when I first heard about it but then I read it is more of leverage in negotiations with the Cardinals. Good, the only way signing Warner would make sense is if the 49ers front office is set on drafting a QB like Marc Sanchez with the 10th pick. Warner would start as Sanchez learned the ropes. I don’t like that scenario either (draft a WR!) but it is the only way signing Warner would make sense. The 49ers are nowhere near being a Super Bowl contender as Warner has said he would like to sign with so the leverage tactic makes sense.
The biggest news in QB’s so far this off-season has been the rumors of the Broncos trying to trade Jay Cutler. If this was true I hope the 49ers were in the mix or are at least now lobbying for Cutler knowing the Broncos are trying to ship him. It is not too often you find a QB like Cutler who is young being traded.
Niners Resign Veterans
The Red and Gold resigned linebacker Takeo Spikes and kick returner Allen Rossum. Both contributed to the 49ers finishing the season 5-4 and bringing them back was a great move. The 49ers finally have a pure fullback on the roster as they brought back former FB Moran Norris. The fullback position basically didn’t exist in Mike Martz’s offense but will get a heavy load in Jimmy Raye’s run run run offense. Frank Gore is happy.
Tags: 2009 Free Agents 49ers Allen Rossum Brandon Jones Bryant Johnson Free Agent Signings Isaac Bruce Jay Cutler Kurt Warner Laveranues Coles Marvin Harrison Moran Norris T.J. Houshmandzadeh Takeo Spikes