Originally posted by Butter:
Originally posted by dj43:
The most likely scenario, IMO, is that Lewis will be the odd man out. He has never been a very good cover guy. His strength is run support, but he is getting a bit older, has a concussion history, and has higher salary.
Therefore, I see the 49ers keeping Clements but with a reduced salary at the corner and moving Goldson to SS and drafting a FS rather than trading up to draft Berry. (Mays is not a good cover guy. Better keep Lewis than drafting Mays) To get Berry it would cost the better of our two current 1st round picks and a third, plus the salary implications would be FAR greater than getting a lesser FS later on the first day.
The other option on a similar theme would be if there were to be a good cover SS that popped up in the draft, then keep Goldson at SS.
What if they moved Clement to FS and Goldson to SS? The way that Goldson likes to blow people up, he might do well in that position. My main concern is if he has enough bulk to take that kind of pounding consistently in run support. I know he likes to lay the lumber on people, but at a svelte 200 lbs, he might break down over the course of the season. The up side though is that the Niners could have two safeties that could make plays on the ball.
This would leave the Niners free to draft a cover CB, which is something they could really use.
Also, can anyone break down the cap implications of cutting Lewis?
Goldson would have to bulk up to endure the pounding. That would be an issue. He seems to have the frame to add 10-12 pounds but that might still be light for that duty. Though I offered that suggestion, I have never been convinced that is the best solution. I offered it because he has not become the ball hawk we need and is still getting fooled more than he should this far into the season.
I am not in favor of moving Clements to safety for two reasons;
1. He is one of the best run-support corners in the league, and above average as a cover guy.
2. He has made carefully guarded statements in the past that clearly indicate he does NOT want to play safety.
The best way to go would be to draft a SS. We could use the lesser of the 1st rounders and should get a good one.