Originally posted by Lifer:
You can only keep 53 guys on the roster. The decisions have already been made about most of these guys and it's clear that Haralson wasn't going to make the 53. Since they're cutting him anyway, a 7th round pick is a bonus. Something is better than nothing.
There's a youth movement afoot in Santa Clara because young equals cheap. This team is going to be configured differently in the future than it is now... because it has to be. By next year, Kap will likely be one of the highest paid players in the league. Aldon is also going to cost us a mint. A mature team - a dynasty type team - is built around a handful of stars with huge contracts. Because the star players take up so much cap space, you have to surround them with a rotating cast of inexpensive supporting players. And that means that, sometimes, very good veteran players have to be let go.
The last couple years, we've had a virtual allstar team with quality players at almost every position. We could afford that luxury because our QB was cheap. Alex Smith was making far less than other QB's with his (2011-12) stats and experience, and Kap is still playing under his rookie contract. Next year, that's going to be very, very different.
Baalke is positioning this team to win now, and in the future. Personally, I like and trust Haralson more than Johnson and Lemonier, but I have to believe that the coaches - who watch them perform 10 times more than you and I do - have a better read on this and truly believe that that the young guys can hold up.
Excellent post and spot on IMHO. This FO is taking a Bill Walsh-approach to building up the roster...with one difference...he's getting SOMETHING for the older players at the right time (Alex Smith, AJ, Haralson, etc.). Don't be surprised if we see more players such as Gray, Cooper, Morris, Johnson, heck, even Hampton or Scheplar make the team over veterans this year. This FO puts the onus on the coaching staff to properly develop these kids...see Ian Williams, Alex Boone & Daniel Kilgore as perfect examples. In addition, consider we may have an entire All-Star team currently on the PUP/NFI list and at some point, quite a few of these players will be coming back at full strength. This, by far, is the hardest 53 to predict despite so few "open" positions. Good well done by this FO!
[ Edited by NCommand on Aug 27, 2013 at 7:45 AM ]