Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
I would love to bring Boldin back, but personally, right now i see Whitner as the bigger priority. Too many what ifs in the secondary if he isain't resigned. Im also not sold on this years S class. It was much stronger last year and thats why a lot of us guys wanted two S taken in early round last draft. Didn't happen and here we are. WR class is fairly strong, and Crabtree will hopefully be 100% starting the season and Patton seems to have nice potential.
Personally i would take a couple WR's and CB's before the halfway point in the draft, then take a S project or two in the mid to later rounds. Sean Parker, or Christian Bryant for example.
Like i said, i hope Boldin is back, but personally i see Whitner as the biggest priority this offseason.
You make good points re: Boldin vs Whitner. I may be overly optimistic about the staff's ability to replace Whitner... but last year we thought Goldson >> Whitner and Goldson was easily replaced by a rookie. Yes, it was a top-20 rookie, but still.
I just can't see any way you can replace the type of receiver Boldin is. He's all about toughness and veteran know-how. I'd hate to see him on another team at this point. And I don't see how he can be replaced even if we spam WR in the draft. That would leave Crabtree and Patton as our 1-2.