Originally posted by LeftBankeNiner:
If Asomugha signs with the 49ers I think that will go a long way towards regaining credibility around the league. To sign a big name free agent like that would show people that the 49ers are serious about winning. Realistically, I don't think he will sign here. I would love to be proven wrong. As long as they don't give him some ridiculous contract that will hurt the team in the long run.
"To sign a big name free agent like that would show people that the 49ers are serious about winning." -- Ok, I disagree, but I can understand the argument.
"As long as they don't give him some ridiculous contract that will hurt the team in the long run." -- Now this is what is wrong with a large chunk of the webzone...
These two statements are diametrically opposed, because we can't sign Nnamdi without a ridiculous contract.
Somehow there is some belief in the WZ that the York's can just "spend" money and bring in free agents, yet at the same time, miraculously not overspend to bring in these free agents.
Its like going to an auction, where an item is bid up to $10,000. You raise you hand, and win the item.
Then when it is time to pay, you tell them, "I don't want to pay $10,000 dollars, that is too high, I want to pay 7,000 dollars for the item."
In disbelief they ask you, "Well then why did you raise you hand at $10,000 dollars???"
And you repond, "Because I wanted to show that I was serious about the item and committed to winning it in the auction."
THAT is how ridiculous this debate has become. The York's must somehow "spend" for free agents, without actually spending the cap money required to bring them in. If they don't complete this impossible task they are called "cheap" by the webzone.
The reason free agents don't want to play for the 49ers is because we are not a winning team. That is it. Winning team's are more attractive to free agents. Its like that in every sport, its always been like that, and it always will be like that.
Losing teams have to pay more to make the offer more enticing to a free agent. That is why you don't build a team through free agency, you build through the draft.