Originally posted by matt49er:
Actually it makes no sense whatsoever. Johnson makes way more money than Crabtree and he's a lot older. I know people are now acting like it's a foregone conclusion that Crabs will leave in FA but that's just not the case. We are deeper at the position but in reality, Boldin has 2 years on his deal, he's older and won't be around in a couple years. I like Stevie Johnson but I don't want him as my #1 WR, Ellington and Patton have proved absolutely nothing yet. Adding a 33 year old Johnson over the much young Crabtree means we're old at the position with our starters and even more expensive than we would be if we extend Crabs.
Yes Johnson makes way more money... in 2014. 6.5 million more than Crabtree for 2014. IF Crabtree were to re-sign (which I cannot believe will happen), who's going to bring in more in 2015? Do you think Crabtree is going to sign an extension that pays him less than 10 million a season (Johnson due 10.5 in '15)? Not likely. Their contracts would be a wash in 2015, it is solely the 2014 hit that you must absorb.
I fully understand that this makes you much older at the position. But this is an elite roster, the best roster in the NFL. You have to capitalize on your opportunities when you have them, instead of punting them away, as has been done the past two seasons.
The Niners should be setting up for '14 the way they setup for '94. The Seahawks are the target, you don't care about anyone else. Just like the '94 roster was built with one goal, beat the Cowboys! Andre Johnson, regardless of age, gives the 49ers offense a dimension they don't have. A dimension that can directly neutralize the Seahawks physical secondary.
Forget the extra 6.5 million in salary, forget 2015, forget 2016... Add the piece that you need to beat the Seahawks in 2014 and go out and get 'er done!