Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by niners4lyfe:
bowman isn't going anywhere.
For some reason I don't see the 49ers paying 2 ILB's Top 5 money, which Bowman will command, I assure you. Its why the Ravens had to part ways with Bart Scott.....just too much cash tied up at one position.
Technically it won't be top 5 each, as Willis has no bonus money left, he will get an extension, but not anytime soon, signed through 2016, where Bowman will be extended most likely after 2012 season, if not mid 2013 season. I imagine the team wants to see and make sure 2011 wasn't a one year wonder type thing before handing over 40M to him. Same will be said for Aldon, he will be extend after 2013, and make sure he is worth the money, I think he is, just gotta be sure he isn't a 1 year wonder.
looking at 2014-2017, we don't have many signed long terms, just the following.
Carlos Rogers (2015) - Extended in 2012
Ahmad Brooks (2017) - Extended in 2012
Joe Staley (2017) - Has no bonus money left, just annual $695K roster bonuses
Patrick Willis (2016) - Has no bonus left, just annual $500K roster bonuses, and $500K workout bonuses.
Alex Boone (2015) - Small deal, $600K roster bonus in 2013, and $400K in 2014 and 2015
Vernon Davis (2015) - Limited bonus left, and just $600K combined between Workout and Roster bonuses each year
Alex Smith (2014) - Contract is an easy out
Aldon Smith (2014) - Fully guaranteed, will need extension after 2013 to avoid top 10 payment as a OLB
C.J. Spillman(2014) - Small deal
Brian Jennings (2014) - Limited bonus, likely done/retired after 2014
and guys like Kendall Hunter, Chris Culliver, Bruce Miller, Daniel Kilgore, Colin Kaepernick, all through 2014, with limited bonuses, Miller and Culliver will be must re-signs.
And then the 2012 class, Jenkins, James, Looney, Fleming, Robinson, Slowey and Johnson are signed though 2015 when signed, and Jenkins will be top 20 or 25 at WR come end of 2014 season, beginning of 2015 league year.
So Bowman will be signing that should happen. Next year though, we have Sopoaga, Jean Francois, Lee, Walker and Goldson as main 5 unsigned for 2013, so those are top priorities for 2013 before Bowman.