I'm of the belief that re-signing our own free agents takes precedents over signing someone off the street. There are some good names out there to be sure. I'd like to see our front office to make offers to Mario Williams and Marcus Colston, but not exorbitant offers, and certainly not offers that would hurt our ability to re-sign our guys. I also think that this years draft is tailor made for the 49ers in that we can not only fill our biggest hole at WR, but can draft for depth as early as the 3rd round I believe. So I think this is a draft we should play pretty straight up (i.e. make all 7 picks). So here's how I think our offseason schedule and draft should go.
Top guys we MUST re-sign:
Alex Smith – 3 yr. 9.5 mil per year. (Some sources have it at 2-3 yr., 8-11mil per year)
D. Goldston – 6 yr., 26 mil, 8-10 mil guaranteed. Franchise if he refuses.
note: I really think Goldston will sign.
C. Rogers – 4 yr., 20 mil, 10 mil guaranteed. (Considering his age I think that's a good offer.)
A. Brooks – 6 yr, 27 mil, frontloaded and incentive laced. (I admit that he might be a bit more expensive to keep. But with Aldon poised to start we have good options here. If we really think its worth spending big to keep Brooks then I think we should think hard about spending big to get Mario Williams.)
T. Ginn – 3 yr, 10 mil, incentive heavy. (I think the 49ers should settle him strictly as our return guy. That's good money to return kicks and punts.)
J. Morgan – 5 yr, 15 mil, and considering his injuries this should be heavy with incentives. (I know some would disagree with this one. But I think Morgan has been our most reliable, productive, and most dependable WR on our roster thus far. He is no worse than 2nd on the depth chart in my mind so we should keep him around . A five year contract ensures that the 49ers will get his best NFL years. For me, Crabs is #3 on our depth chart.)
L. Grant – 4 yr, 18 mil. 10 mil guaranteed and frontloaded. (I know he's worth starter money and would start on most teams. But we should at least try to keep him. We won't find a better back-up ILB in the league. There's a significant drop-off here if we loose Bowman or Willis.)
B. Costanzo – 5 yr, 7 mil. (Probably can get him cheaper than that. Plus a capable LB backup if needed.)
A. Snyder – 3 yr, 10 mil. (This one was a little hard for me, but consider his age.)
Guys we release:
Shawntae Spencer (I hate this release. I hope we keep him on the cheap.)
Guys we keep on the cheap:
C. J. Spillman
1st round: Mohamed Sanu or Alshon Jeffery. (With the hole at WR we must draft one here to come in and compete for that #1 WR spot. Sanu or Jeffery will be available at this point for us. Either one would be an upgrade to our current WR corps at least, but likely compete and dress for the #1 WR spot. As I have stated before I think Crabs had his chance to show the world that he's a #1 WR and failed big time.)
2nd: CB or S. CB's Chase Minnifield (6-0, 185 & runs a 4-4) and Stephon Gilmore (6-1, 193, runs a 4-5) should be available. Both are ideal for our defense as they are both very good tacklers (especially Gilmore) with good cover and ball skills. We could go safety here with George Iloka (6-3, 213). Regarded as the top FS in collage by many, and climbing up the draft board. Still seen as a 2nd round guy who could go early to mid 2nd. If we we have to franchise Goldson then we take Iloka if he's available. If he isn't there we go corner for sure.
3rd: WR or OLB. I say if Tommy Streeter is here we take him. I strongly believe we should get two WR out of this WR deep draft. If Streeter isn't there them I say get OLB Bruce Irvin out of W. Virginia. Just go look at the bio on Irvin, he could be a real sleeper. Irvin is very raw and will need time to be groomed. But he has the talent to play OLB and ILB.
4th: RB. Terrance Ganaway out of Baylor. I think we all can agree that the coaching staff isn't happy with Dixon not wanting to run like they want him to – like a big back. Ganaway will be the perfect addition in a system that wants to grind out late in games, sort yardage situations, and goal-line situations.
5th: ILB. Jerry Franklin of Arkansas. I think it's important we get a solid ILB that can come in for Willis and Bowman when need be, especially if we cannot resign L. Grant.
6th: WR. If we missed on Streeter in the 3rd then we get Jeff Fuller of Texas A&M. If we get Streeter in the third then we go CB or S, witch ever one we missed out on in the 2nd – CB Micah Pellerin of Hampton (has been clocked at 4-3) or FS Christian Thompson of South Carolina State.
7th: G. Rokevious Watkins of S. Carolina. Would be a steal here I think. Would push Mike Person.
I know there's a bunch of "ifs" in this but thats how the draft works. Again, I'm not a big fan of spending a lot in FA. We have a lot of good guys we can resign before they hit the street. The focus should be on those guys. But I think we should take long looks at M. Colston and Mario Williams.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM ]