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Looking at defenses contracts with an eye for offseason

Hope you guys don't mind.... just gonna throw this in here. I wanted to have a quick reference for myself with this. All of this draft talk has suddenly made me very interested in where our money is going with all positions. So I'm looking at defense first... but it's still so damn early to get a feel for what our intentions will be.


DL - 3-4

Isaac Sopoaga - LDE/NT - 2/26/2008: Signed a five-year, $20 million contract. The deal includes $4.775 million guaranteed. 2009: $1,862,500, 2010: $2,062,500, 2011-2012: $3.8 million, 2013: Free Agent

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Sopoaga takes a lot of crap from fans, but is pretty stout and solid at LDE. His versatility and experience is nearly worthy of his current contract. I think he stays for most or all of his remaining 4 years. I could see a trade happening though... especially if Balmer gets better and SF has interest in upgrading the NT spot with a stud. Sop's bonus is not extreme to prevent a trade. So much depends on the negotiations of Franklin here, and how effective RayMac, Balmer, and even Sopoaga himself prove to be.

Aubrayo Franklin - NT - 3/3/2007: Signed a three-year, $6.15 million contract. The deal included a $3 million signing bonus. 2009: $2 million, 2010: Free Agent. Cap charge: $2.68 million (2009).

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Gotta figure SF wants to extend him (contract's up after this year), but for how much? Between Justin and Sopoaga, there's a lot of green on that DL. Gotta expect Franklin will demand 4-5 mil a year if he keeps playing well. At the age of 30... and only playing at a good (not great) level... what happens here?

Justin Smith - RDE - 3/1/2008: Signed a six-year, $45 million contract. The deal contains $20 million guaranteed, including an $11 million signing bonus and annual $500,000 workout bonuses. The salaries in years one and two are guaranteed. 2009: $3.5 million (+ $4.75 million roster bonus), 2010: $2.625 million (+ $1 million roster bonus), 2011: $5 million, 2012: $5.875 million, 2013: $7.5 million, 2014: Free Agent. Cap charges: $10.583 million (2009), $5.958 million (2010), $7.333 million (2011), $8.209 million (2012), $9.834 million (2013).

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Wow... obviously big numbers here. Would have to figure he's ours until 2011... which makes him 32 years old... which makes him out the door unless SF can talk him into renegotiating those numbers?

Kentwan Balmer - DE/NT? - 7/24/2008: Signed a five-year, $8 million contract. The deal includes $6 million guaranteed. Another $3.5 million is available through incentives. 2009: $385,000, 2010: $583,000, 2011: $622,000, 2012: $700,000, 2013: Free Agent

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Many people seem to worry about Balmer's contract, but he's not making real big money to be concerned with. He's locked up for a long while, and while he has not made a large impact, he's shown to be a decent player that's got great work ethic to get really good. With KB, it could further make Sopoaga into more attractive trade-bait someday.

Ray McDonald - DE - 7/28/2007: Signed a four-year, $2.2 million contract. The deal included a $524,845 signing bonus. 2009: $460,000, 2010: $550,000, 2011: Free Agent

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RayMac is signed for 2 more years. He's obviously talented and I want him to stay. So how long before he gets consideration for a longer deal? Maybe we look to extend him during 2010 if he's still contributing fairly well.

Demetric Evans - DE - 3/4/2009: Signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract. The deal's second year is based on Evans' production in year one. 2009: Under Contract, 2010: Voidable Year, 2011: Free Agent

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I expect that his 2010 year will be voided and he parts ways, heading to FA as another team's quality backup.

Ricky Jean Francois - DE - 5/14/2009: Signed a four-year, $1.793 million contract. The deal included a $43,000 signing bonus. 2009: $310,000, 2010: $395,000, 2011: $480,000, 2012: $565,000, 2013: Free Agent

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He's cheap, pretty talented, and locked up a while if SF so chooses. I think he takes Evans' spot in 2010 and builds on a backup role until and if he proves worthy of starting years down the line.

LBS - 3-4

Manny Lawson - OLB - 7/28/2006: Signed a five-year, $13.9 million contract. The deal includes $4.9 million guaranteed and $5.1 million in incentives. 2009: $915,000, 2010: $625,000, 2011: Free Agent

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This is a big year for Manny to prove what type of extension he should receive, if any. This contract has to be on the minds of McC and co. Would Manny stay for less than what Haralson received? or would our F/O even want him that badly to make such an offer?

Parys Haralson - OLB - 4/16/2009: Signed a five-year, $15 million contract. The deal includes $6.5 million guaranteed. 2009-2012: Under Contract, 2013: $2.57 million, 2014: Free Agent. $5.8 million (2009).

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Pretty reasonable deal... locked up, but not in such a way to limit our options on adding more talent at the position.

Ahmad Brooks - OLB - 2009: $535,000, 2010: Free Agent
Marques Harris - OLB - 4/28/2009: Signed a one-year contract.

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Both Brooks and Harris... while currently headed for FA, are dirt-cheap and not a troubling cap concern if SF decides to retain them.

Patrick Willis - ILB - 7/28/2007: Signed a five-year, $16.655 million contract. The deal includes $12 million guaranteed. 2009: $500,000, 2010: $760,000, 2011: $900,000, 2012: $900,000 (Voidable Year), 2013: Free Agent

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Okay, P-Willy's gonna cost a ton of coin for SF soon. I think he'll be reasonable and very much wanting to stay a Niner for life... but it won't be for chump-change. SF has to make this financially feasible.

Takeo Spikes - ILB - 2/27/2009: Signed a two-year, $6 million contract.

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Not a cap concern... well worth the cost, and likely done when his contract is.

Scott McKillop - ILB - 5/14/2009: Signed a four-year, $1.942 million contract. The deal included a $192,250 signing bonus. 2009: $310,000, 2010: $395,000, 2011: $480,000, 2012: $565,000, 2013: Free Agent

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He's cheap, locked up a while, and not a cap concern. Likely to be our starting TED once TKO hangs em up.

Jeff Ulbrich - ILB - 2009: $950,000, 2010: Free Agent

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Have to figure the 32 year old will be done in SF after this season


DBs - 3-4

Nate Clements - CB - 3/2/2007: Signed an eight-year, $80 million contract. The deal contains $22.6 million guaranteed, including an initial roster bonus of $11 million, a second-year $10 million roster bonus, and annual $500,000 workout bonuses. With a voidable year in 2014, it is essentially for seven seasons and $64.02 million. 2009: $3,516,666, 2010: $6 million, 2011: $7.25 million, 2012: $9 million, 2013: $10.77 million, 2014: $15.48 million (Voided Year), 2015: Free Agent. Cap charges: $5.68 million (2009), $8.17 million (2010), $9.42 million (2011), $11.17 million (2012), $12.94 million (2013).

Shawntae Spencer - CB - 9/20/2006: Signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension through 2012. The deal contains $8.5 million guaranteed, including a $6 million signing bonus. 2009: $1.67 million (+ $500,000 roster bonus), 2010: $2.85 million, 2011: $3.1 million, 2012: $3.2 million, 2013: Free Agent. Cap charge: $3.47 million (2009).

Dre Bly - CB - 5/21/2009: Signed a one-year, $845,000 contract.

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What will happen here with Bly? His low cost contract will be up. He says he wants to play longer. He's playing at a good level as of now, but he will be 33 in May. Would he sign another cheap, 1 year deal with SF? Would SF want to sign him again? If so, SF will sign him cheaply or let him walk. Much could depend on his further production, as well as that of Brown and Spencer.

Tarell Brown - CB - 5/29/2007: Signed a four-year, $1.838 million contract. The deal included a $173,000 signing bonus. 2009: $460,000, 2010: $550,000, 2011: Free Agent

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Currently cheap, but looking at FA after 2010. Hard to say what becomes of Brown. He doesn't get much playing time this year, but plays pretty well when he does. I'd like to keep him, but we have good money tied into Nate and Spencer. Would he sign with us for 2 mil a year or go for more in FA?

Marcus Hudson - DB - 2009: $530,000, 2010: Free Agent

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Cheap and headed to FA... unless SF likes him enough to sign him as depth to a longer, cheap deal.

Walt Harris - CB - (IR) - 2009: $1.7 million, 2010: Free Agent

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Props to Harris for his prior contributions... and I know he says he doesn't want to end his career from I.R. Still... hard to see him coming back at 36 years old for SF. If somehow he did, it would not be a concern to our cap.


Mike Lewis - SS - 3/2/2007: Signed a six-year, $30 million contract. The deal includes $10 million guaranteed. 2008: $605,000 (+ $3.5 million roster bonus), 2009: $1.9 million (+ $3 million roster bonus), 2010: $4.105 million, 2011: $5.695 million, 2012: $6.7 million, 2013: Free Agent. Cap charge: $4.9 million (2009).

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The big money-man as far as our safeties go. I can't see him staying here past the 2010 season with THOSE cap numbers. We probably wouldn't even consider it for a 31 year old safety with declining coverage skills, and possible concussion issues?

Dashon Goldson - FS - 7/23/2007: Signed a four-year, $2.08 million contract. The deal included a $413,000 signing bonus. 2009: $460,000, 2010: $550,000, 2011: Free Agent

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Goldson's looking decent/good so far with the starting role. That said, he's not lighting things up so much to expect a large contract. So, he's essentially got 2009 and at least part of 2010 to show that he's worth keeping around for bigger numbers.


Mark Roman - FS/SS - 12/29/2006: Signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract extension through 2009. The deal included a $2 million signing bonus. 2009: $900,000, 2010: Free Agent

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SF will HAVE to be done with this 33 year old scrub in the coming offseason.... huh? .... pretty please?

Reggie Smith - FS/SS - 7/22/2008: Signed a four-year, $2.489 million contract. The deal included a $784,000 signing bonus. 2009: $385,000, 2010: $470,000, 2011: $555,000, 2012: Free Agent

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Very cheap... pretty talented.. wasting away behind the likes of Roman. He should finally have a couple years to prove his worth, and he'll be cheap till then.

Curtis Taylor - S - 5/18/2009: Signed a four-year, $1.810 million contract. The deal included a $59,880 signing bonus. 2009: $310,000, 2010: $395,000, 2011: $480,000, 2012: $565,000, 2013: Free Agent

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He has some years to prove his worth on the cheap.

Alen Rossum - ST/CB - 2/27/2009: Signed a one-year contract.

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Bound to be the end for him, as he is 33 going on 34 soon enough. Still is a quick and dangerous lil b*****d though.
Nice work ancient and venerable one. I think they will work hard to keep this D together. Including the line! NT and OLB was a given for the 1st round picks next year but now? Hard to turn down quality pass rush but much of the emphasis may well be on the O.

Personally I don't look too far ahead cap-wise. So many changes, it is hard to draw conclusIons
Regarding Willis......

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7/15/2009: Signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract. The heavily front-loaded deal contains $38.1 million guaranteed, including a $10.1 million signing bonus and Suggs' full first-year salary. 2009: $5 million, 2010: $1.9 million (+ $23 million option bonus due in March), 2011: $3.4 million (including salary and bonuses), 2012: $4.9 million (including salary and bonuses), 2013-2014: Under Contract, 2015: Free Agent

Suggs is still under the $40mill guaranteed mark, not great but not horrible. I think we can do the same and front load his contract but sign him for a longer contract.
I'm not worried about the new Willis contract in the least, he will get paid by us, and will be here for a very long time
Hopefully Brooks is extended after the season, he is starting to show a lot of potential and has made some plays this year, IMO he will blossom into a solid OLB and could play ILB in a pinch if we needed him, I hope we keep him
Great breakdown old. I do gotta say though ur analysis of Franklin is kinda on the pessimistic side. Hes been playing amazing. every single game that ive seen hes been the biggest reason for pockets and holes collapsing. But its cool 4 games right. lets see where hes at 8-10 games into teh season before we really crank up the contract extension talks
Originally posted by ruthless49er:
Great breakdown old. I do gotta say though ur analysis of Franklin is kinda on the pessimistic side. Hes been playing amazing. every single game that ive seen hes been the biggest reason for pockets and holes collapsing. But its cool 4 games right. lets see where hes at 8-10 games into teh season before we really crank up the contract extension talks

Well thanks all... I know anyone can find contract numbers, but I like having them all together in one click of a key. The only contract right now that has me curious is for Franklin. Even I would like to retain him, but I think he's gonna want 5+ million a year... and that's scary.
Nice work! It's never too early to think about the future and for some of these guys, the future with us (or not) is right around the corner.
Nice analysis. It will be interesting to see when the Niners do something with Clements' contract. Don't get me wrong, he's a cornerstone, but that's a lot of dime in the out years.
Originally posted by ninergold:
Nice analysis. It will be interesting to see when the Niners do something with Clements' contract. Don't get me wrong, he's a cornerstone, but that's a lot of dime in the out years.

I think mcCloughan and York will find a way to keep all things balanced and stable. I think with T. Brown coming on we will be in good shape even if Clements leaves in two years. The great issue will be our draft this next year and we keep fresh players developing in our backfield. LBs are pretty good especially if Brooks blossoms. If we have a blossomed Lawson, a consistent Haralson, and then if McKillop shows good signs we might be settled with LBs. It looks like McDonald will continue to develop, Franklin is showing wonderful signs of life, and if Balmer keeps developing then we will simply be down to drafting safeties and CBs for the defense. We could also use the biggest NT we can find in the draft and have a backup for Franklin developing. Our defense could be set for years. Good development, holding on to our talent, and drafting in a quality manner are the signs of a good team.
I'm a big fan of Terrence Cody, who has gotten down to 355 lbs and playing well. Just not sure of where he will end up valued in this draft by April. Keeping an eye on Boo Williams from WF also.
So for our needs, Cody/Suh, a good pass rushing LB, and a safety/CB would be good draft picks for us on the Defense. Try to lock up Willis and T. Brown and Franklin.
awesome job! how about doing this same thing for the offense?
Originally posted by matt49er:
awesome job! how about doing this same thing for the offense?


Thanks again, and I probably will tomorrow while watching the games.
Originally posted by oldman9er:
I'm a big fan of Terrence Cody, who has gotten down to 355 lbs and playing well. Just not sure of where he will end up valued in this draft by April. Keeping an eye on Boo Williams from WF also.

Funny isn't it that Franklin is now becoming one of the most unheralded NTs in the league. Still, we need one of these top NTs especially Cody. He would be extraordinary for this D to mold right behind Franklin while giving him an extention.

I continue to hope that Carolina fails to give us a top ten pick so that we have a chance at one of the top rookies like Suh, Mays, G. McCoy, Berry, Dunlap or even MT Cody, but I think he will be a twenty pick, maybe our second. If we could land one of the safeties, whooooooooweeeeee!

Anyway, I am loving where we are and where we are headed. The future does look bright.