I am back from vacation. In the last week I was gone some news came out. My next post will be on the first days of training camp.
On July 30 rookies Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Taylor Mays and NaVorro Bowman signed contracts which means they will all report to training camp on time and not miss any days. Here is a breakdown of the deals:
Anthony Davis: The 11th overall pick signed a five-year deal worth $26.5 million with $15.954 million in guaranteed money.
Mike Iupati: The 17th overall pick signed a five-year deal worth $18.25 million with $10.8 million in guaranteed money.
Taylor Mays and NaVorro Bowman: Both signed four-year deals however the terms were undisclosed.
Having all four of them signed and reporting to camp on time is huge for the 49ers. Especially for Davis and Iupati who I expect to win the starting job at tackle and guard. The only way both can win their respective jobs and be effective from the first snap of the season is with them learning Jimmy Ray’s offense and how to block in the NFL from day one. With no Michael Crabtree repeat of last season head coach Mike Singletary and offensive coordinator Ray do not have to endure the endless questions of when they think so-and-so will report to camp. They can focus solely on the players on the roster and develop them into a cohesive unit that will compete in the NFC West.
To show how willing the 49ers front office wanted all rookies arriving at the start of training camp it was reported that Executive Vice President of Football & Business Operations Paraag Marathe negotiated with Iupati’s agents until 4 a.m.
With the rookies signed it relieves that headache however there is still one outstanding issue, Aubrayo Franklin. The starting nose-tackle who was an integral part of the defenses success last season did not report to camp and there is no indication who might replace Franklin. Franklin refused to sign his one-year, $7 million deal during the offseason, allowing him to skip all the 49ers OTAs and the minicamp. The 49ers have placed the franchise tag on Franklin however he has not signed the contract. Not sure who is right here, Franklin or the 49ers. Franklin played well last season and wants to get paid. The 49ers want to pay Franklin but not with the long-term deal he is seeking. The 49ers are skeptical because how well Franklin played in a contract year and also feel he might have reached his peak. However the only deal Franklin can get now and the only way he can play this season is signing the franchise tag contract. The 49ers cannot extend Franklin’s contract because the deadline to do so passed over two weeks ago. I think he will eventually sign but if he has another great season I doubt he will want to sign a long-term deal with the 49ers after the way contract negotiations went this off-season.