I feel a whole hell of a lot better about Niner's football this year than each of the last 8 or so seasons. It's probably still a year or two away from real damage in the playoffs, but considering our division and the talent on this team, it is conceivable that either Alex Smith or Colin Kaeperick or (*cough* *cough* *Josh Johnson*) can lead us to 8 or 9 wins and we smell the playoffs.
Baalke has got to put all his effort into signing Nmamdi Asumogha right away. Because FA could start any day (pending the appeal fails in Appeals court, likely) FA will start that day. The Niners have a unique opportunity to get in about 5 hrs of time before any other team could and significantly more for East Coast teams. This little geographical, time sensitive detail could be instrumental in us signing Asumogha.
Instructions for Baalke: Have really big deal in hand, Max deal in your back pocket, and a phone call for even bigger. His skills at erasing a side of the field would blend nicely with our front 7, also allowing Mays, R. Smith, D. Goldson, or whoever is starting back there. Spend the money. If you spend too much, then cut Nate, Brooks, and others' overpayed contracts.