Originally posted by Garlicboy:
Originally posted by MC9BEAT:
The reason I have Fales over Murray is because I am not sure Murray could play right away and we need a back up ready to go day 1. Last year we lost a trip to the superbowl by 1 win during the regular season. 1 more win we take the division and we are the #1 seed with a bye week and home field advantage. If we were to draft Murray we would need to sign a veteran QB for the season. The only reason to take a QB early is to save the cap space because if they are any good they won't be around in 4 years.
I'm confused by your reasoning? Initially you claim a need for a solid back-up whose ready to play from day 1 due to the competitiveness in the division and then claim the only reason to draft a rookie QB is to save cap $. So what is more valuable; a ready to go QB (which to me is a veteran) or the cap space (draft a rookie as back-up QB)? In my opinion both are important, but just want to know which one you value more the veteran QB who can win games if Kaepernick is injured or a gamble on a rookie QB that he can win a game or two if Kaepernick is injured and has a low salary.
IMHO the ready to go veteran back-up QB does not have to be expensive. Rex Grossman made less than $1 million a year last year.
Rookie QB's drafted in the 4th- 7th rounds are HUGE gambles. Yes their cheap, but I would rather go with a proven veteran who knows their role and has playoff experience over a rookie QB just getting their feet wet. I think the 49ers can draft a couple of QB's an injured Aaron Murray in the 4th/5th and a developmental QB in the 7th, but definitely necessary to sign a veteran QB as the primary back-up because I'd trust a veteran over a mid-late round rookie QB.
I am assuming for arguments sake that Fales or Murray (if he were healthy) would be good enough to solidify the position as rookies. Those drafted later would be a gamble as you said. With the rookie salary cap they would make less than even a cheap veteran and save us some cap space. Otherwise I would rather use the pick on another position and sign a veteran QB.
I don't want to be negative but you want to sign a veteran and draft 2 rookie QB's? The 49ers are so deep they probably won't keep 3 QB's on the roster and the 2nd one will be taken by another team before we can stash him on the practice squad. Murray we could stash on the pup list but we will only get him for 3 years before he is gone when his contract is up. If we had an older QB like Manning or Brady it would make more sense but there is no future here for a young QB so basically we would be spending a 4th round pick for a player we hope and prey never plays a single down of football for us (except clean-up duty in a blowout) before leaving. All things being equal I would rather not and sign a vet but they cost more and use up more cap space.