Originally posted by boast:
Originally posted by 4ML:
I've always given Baalke a benefit of doubt - but that's really the reason why I wanted Niners to go after DeSean hard. We lost a Superbowl by a play...some may say we lost two Superbowls by a total of two plays. Now, you're gettin' a chance to add a young pro-bowl WR for $8M a year - a local guy and doesn't need to time to fit in with the surroundings - and we were passive-aggressive in our pursuit? Redskins sent RGIII to recruit the guy...and we didn't make a public statement about our interest.
I've no clue either what happened here - but it made no sense for us to not be more aggressive about this. Oh well...it's over with. Hopefully, a lesson learned by our FO. DeSean said it himself today - he felt embraced by the Redskins.
but it can be argued that since we were only one or two plays away from the Super Bowl, we didn't need to take a chance ($$$ & attitude) on DJax.
That's a small chance to take when Super Bowl could be ours. Plus...$8M a year isn't a lot of money for a young pro-bowl WR. It won't kill our chances to retain Kaep or Crabtree. We would still be able to keep Aldon if we decide to. With bunch of draft picks - we can let go of a vet or two next summer to create more room if we have to. We have a strong locker room - which will be more conducive to deal with a guy like DeSean - and WRs in general can be divas.
Then...we have to factor in if other contenders have improved in FA. Denver and Pats have definitely improved. In our own division - Arizona and Rams have improved...and Rams have two picks in top 10 in a loaded draft...and if by any chance Harvin is healthy - Seattle will still be favorites in our division even after losing a few guys in FA.
...as Harbaugh said so eloquently - you're either getting better or worse. I don't think we got better in this off-season so far.