Now that the NFL lockout is FINALLY over we can start to talk some real football! It’s been a miserable few months all around the league, I can’t express to you how depressing it is to be in your first year as a columnist and have nothing other than labor to talk about.
The next couple weeks will be the most hectic time in NFL history. With such a tight deadline to set rosters around the league while starting training camp virtually at the same time, GMs around the league will be working around the clock to get everything done on time. That frenzy began today when teams were allowed to open facilities, sign rookies they drafted as well as undrafted FAs and negotiate with veterans.
The 49ers got a good jump on things today coming to terms with 13 undrafted rookies (including 3 from Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford team) it’s hard to tell the smoke from the actual fire at this point in terms of what veterans the team is planning on bringing in. Many reports suggest the 49ers are going to show some interest in veteran QBs Kyle Orton and Matt Hasselbeck while others refute the claim.
Takeo Spikes was on Sirius NFL radio today and expressed that he would like to be back with the 49ers saying it would feel like unfinished business if he were to leave the team. Ray MacDonald another 49er free agent showed up at team facilities today where I believe the team told him they want him back as a starter with Aubrayo Franklin almost a certainty to get overpaid on the free agency market. Quarterback Alex Smith re-iterated today at team facilities that he plans to re-sign with the 49ers the very moment it is allowed on Friday.
A very busy day around the league indeed but the real fun begins on Friday when veteran free agents can officially sign contracts. As I have said before I do not expect the 49ers to be big players in free agents, however one must remember this regime keeps things in house and doesn’t like to tip their hat in anyway shape or form (did anyone expect Aldon Smith to be our 1st round pick?). So don’t be surprised if the 49ers do indeed bring in another vet QB and I wouldn’t be completely surprised if the team went against everything they have said lately and goes after a big time free agent either.
Undrafted Rookies signed by 49ers thus far:
DT Brian Bulcke, Stanford
C Chase Beeler, Stanford
NT Ian Williams, Notre Dame
G Donovan Edwards, Cal
DE DeMarcus Dobbs, Georgia
WR Joe Hastings, Washburn
WR Dontavia Bogan, South Florida
WR Tyler Beiler, Bridgewater
TE Konrad Reuland, Stanford