Originally posted by PTulini:
There is one current and one former San Francisco 49er player on the list. And they are:
1. DeShaun Foster: Foster is the platonic ideal of a boom-and-bust running back, who breaks one or two highlight runs a game and then spends the rest of the time leaving his unfortunate quarterback in second-and-9 after second-and-9. Once a year he had a huge game against the Atlanta Falcons, and convince everybody he was a good NFL starter for another 12 months. According to Football Outsiders numbers, he was below replacement level in four out of six seasons. He only managed 4.3 yards per carry (average for running backs) in two seasons, and had no year with more than three rushing touchdowns. In 2007, Foster (3.5 yards per carry) had 100 more carries than DeAngelo Williams (5.0 yards per carry). Good luck explaining that one.
18. Nate Clements: Is he an above-average cornerback? Yes. Is he worth the roughly $7.25 million per year the 49ers agreed to pay him during the 2007 offseason, the largest contract ever given to a defensive player up to that point? Um, no.
Ummm. The bold part explains itself. If you have more carries, your yards per carry naturally will go down. That killed the article for me. I didn't even read it. Its obvious a bozo wrote it.
As for Clements, he may be overated, but I bet any team would love have him. What other corner can shut down Fitzgerald and also lay out Jason Witten? Corners aren't just supposed to cover. They have to tackle as well.
Also, as NINERGM has pointed out. He got the salary figures incorrect.
[ Edited by Young2Rice on Jun 28, 2009 at 21:18:57 ]