Originally posted by Oakland-Niner:
Originally posted by NinerGM:
There is no free-agency right now so even there's no "testing the market" until there is a market created by the CBA.
For all those who don't like Nate, this defense is toast if we lose Nate and don't get a top end pass-rusher; even with a rookie CB. Rook CBs rarely come into the league and shutdown NFL receivers from day one. I don't think the 49ers let him go unless they have an alternative. I imagine however the priorities are QB, Pass-rush and center. You need those to play and our starters are "FA"s.
Not trying to pick a fight, but whether the CBA was tomorrow or next year, we have essentially decided to let them "test the market" as beyond March 3/4(?) they will have the ability to solicite other teams before they resign with us. Is that not true?
That's somewhat true. We're not sure if changes made in the agreement may protect teams from losing UFAs because of the CBA contracting year. They may agree change what defines (seasons played) an UFA or RFA. I think letting them "test" isn't clear. Those who were tendered today (Manny, Dashon, Ray and CJ) - just ensures under the old rules (that expires Friday), these players were "tendered" so the 49ers won't possibly lose all rights (to match the offer) to them.
As far as Nate is concerned; Nate is under contract and until the 49ers decide to cancel the contract by cutting him he's not going anywhere. I'm not sure when his money is due.
[ Edited by NinerGM on Mar 2, 2011 at 9:32 PM ]