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Originally posted by Beeker:
Originally posted by LottOfDefense:
Duh. But you think he is going to take back up money to play back up for 9ers. He should get paid starter money and go to a team where he will start, a la Morgan last year. We can't keep everyone, and the 9ers don't over pay, especially for a back up.
I absolutely believe Delanie stays in SF. He's an integral part of what the 49ers do. He might not make starter money, but, hey - and this is strictly my opinion - if I had a chance to keep going deep into the playoffs and making it to the super bowl a few more times, I'd stay, too, rather than taking starter money from a team that perennially misses the playoffs.
If that is the case, he is either a fool or we will get extremely lucky. And it's highly unlikely either happens. I'd love for him to stay, and at a rate that makes sense for the team, but the only way (IMO) that happens is if the market for him never really develops and the difference between the contract to stay in SF and "starter money" elsewhere is limited. If SF only wants/can afford to pay him solid back up money, which for a TE would be maybe $2 to $2.5 mil a year (his cap hit was $1.9 mil last year, and many teams don't pay their starting TE that kind of money) and another team is willing to pay him top TE money at $3.5 to $4.5+ per year for 5 years, he would be foolish not to take it.
Given the pay rate at his position, his age and the likelihood of ever getting a bigger or better contract, he owes it to himself and his family to get that extra $7-$10+ million. That's life changing, career altering money.
We aren't talking about a star player at a premium position who has already made $20 million just for being drafted and might take a $55 million contract instead of a $62 million contract to stay with his team who won't miss the extra money. The difference between us giving him maybe between a $12-$15 million deal vs someone else breaking the bank to sign him as a number one and going $20-$25 million or more would be too great to pass up.
The only way he stays is if that market doesn't develop for him as a starter. But considering the cap hit for guys like Greg Olsen, Marcedes Lewis or Owen Daniels is well north of $5 mill next year, it's hard for me to think someone won't offer him at least $3-4 mil a year or more, and I don't see how we have the cap to match that when we can draft/sign a backup TE for probably under $1 mil a year and spend the remaining money on more necessary areas of the team.
And if there is that big of a gap in what we can pay vs what other teams may offer, it's unrealistic to think he would stay here for a significantly lower contract.