As I struggle to accept the fact that the one game left this season, the Superbowl. Does not include our San Francisco 49ers (curse you Kyle Williams!) the one thing that brings me relief is this. The 49ers don’t have that much on the to-do list this off season. Not nearly as much as recent off seasons, no head coaching search, no annual offensive coordinator seek and find to make me nervous. No more who the hell is our quarterback going to be questions. And thanks to our drunk driving, I don’t need to start to record 14 sacks because I’m a freak Aldon Smith, no more, where the hell is the pass rush going to come from questions.
After our amazing 14-4 season one thing is clear, the San Francisco Forty Niners are an elite football team. Not only that, most of our players are young and in the prime of their respective careers. So even though we’re not in the Super Bowl (hold onto the ball Kyle Williams you bum!) it’s fun to be a Niner fan again. No team is perfect or without areas that need addressed, the 49ers are not without mission.
I’m handing out the 49ers off season assignments after the jump
Assignment #1: Publicly state that the franchise believes we can win long term with the current group of players. Throw in that you want to get some contract extensions, and some players re-signed, before the end of the league year. Keep the good vibe around this team going, team chemistry was a huge key to success this year, keep it going.
Assignment #2: Get Alex Smith signed right now. I can’t believe I’m saying it, get that guy under contract for 2-3 years right now. Signing Alex, whom the locker room is behind, shows the franchise is confident in where its going,sending a clear public state of confidence. Additionally, getting your QB under contract will allow him to help the team by staying our the facilities, working with the receivers and recruiting free agents.
Assignment #3: Franchise Dashon Goldson the minute it’s allowed. The franchise number for safties is a mere $6 million compared to the $10M it would cost to tag fellow FA Carlos Rogers. Aside from Smith, Goldson is the teams most valuable FA and tagging him will allow the team to focus on either re-signing Rogers or his replacement. Goldson wants to get paid, he also wanted that last year and didn’t get it. I don’t think Goldson is stupid enough to mess around this offseason, I see him agreeing to a 4 or 5 year deal with SF before training camp.
Assignment #4: Don’t overpay for corner back Carlos Rogers. I love Rogers, I believe he was the biggest FA steal of the off season in the entire league this year. Still, he’s 31 and won’t be in the prime of his career for much longer. The Niners have young corners in Tarrell Brown, Chris Culliver and Tramaine Brock. The team could look for this years bargain veteran CB or spend a draft pick early on one if the price isn’t right. Rogers wants a 4 year deal which the 49ers could live with. At the right price. The deal needs to be front loaded and not too pricey with an out clause in the final year. In other words, the 49ers need Rogers to agree to a Frank Gore type of deal.
Assignment #5: This is the most simple of all the assignments. Trent Baalke, cut Kyle Williams already man. Re-sign Ted Ginn Jr to a reasonable 2-3 year deal. Then draft 1 or 2 guys that can return kicks in the draft and have Harbaugh keep Kendall Hunter ready in case of emergency. I’m pretty sure I won’t ever be able to like this guy again.
Those are my assignments Niner Heads, agree with mine? Hate them completely? Have some assignments of your own to share? Lets us know in the comments section.
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