Originally posted by nw9erfan:
Since this year's safety class is less than inspiring, I wouldn't expect the Niners to replace Goldson at this point. They are more likely to franchise him this year and replace him in 2013.
That leaves OL, WR, and CB as the team's biggest needs. IMHO, they will take the best player available at one of those 3 positions.
As much as I would like him on the team, there is no way the Saints let Nicks go... He is an absolute stud...and young too.
Also, I doubt the Niners would invest that much money in an OG to be frank, especially since they have a lot of good players to retain in the next couple of years. I doubt they sign any really high profile FAs actually, unless they think one player could put them over the top.
Good point about franchising Goldson but we might have to choose between him and Rogers as the guy to franchise. I would choose Rogers.
The Saints have Jahari Evans as the highest paid guard in the league. Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Tracy Porter and Carl Nicks are all UFA's for the Saints this year. Plus Jimmy Graham is going to get a huge contract here soon. There is no way they can have the two highest paid guards in the league and there is no way they can keep all those guys.
I dont think we sign as many FA's as we did last year either and I doubt we invest that much money in Nicks. It was just a thought.
I would rather us re-sign all our own players and bring in young stud players through the draft. You are right though about the needs though.
CB- If Rogers leaves
FS- If Goldson leaves
OLB- If Brooks leaves
OG- If Snyder leaves
Alex Smith and Josh Morgan will be back but alot of what we do in the draft will depend on who we re-sign. WR is a need regardless though.