Originally posted by Quest4six:
Originally posted by NickSh49:
First, Aldon's legal troubles will make him cheaper to keep around. So that helps.
Next, you don't pay big $$$ to guards, especially if you're the 49ers, who historically have not. Iupati will walk before Crabtree does.
So I would definitely say Iupati is at the bottom of the list.
First off an opinion cannot be incorrect.
That bolded part however is incorrect.
You do pay big $$$ to guards, ESPECIALLY if you are a run first team like we are.
Finding a replacement for Crabs is easier than finding another Iupati. If you want to get historical then lets look up what we really build a team around... (a great offensive line, not skilled WRs)
Also, Larry Allen says hello
In 2006, Larry Allen made what Iupati makes right now. Iupati is going to want more than that when the time comes. And despite their cap troubles from bad investments prior to the Nolan-era, the Niners had room to spend some money in 2006 on a guard (an old, yet somewhat effective one btw) because the team was so friggin' terrible.
Who knows... maybe the Niners will make some cap-magic happen and keep both Iupati and Crabtree. But to say the Niners would let a "proven" receiver like Crabs walk instead of keeping him over a guard? Can't say I agree... especially since there's no one behind Crabs and Boldin is at the end of his career.
And yeah, I'm not a HUGE fan of Crabs, and it's possible his agent will want to get top-5 money... but if he's reasonable? The Niners will spend on Crabs over Iupati.
But who knows... guess we have to see how it plays out. But since the 49ers have no one at the WR position behind their top-2 guys and guards are easier to find than franchise WR's? I say Crabs over Iupati.