Originally posted by capone0:
Originally posted by bzborow1:
Given the overall talent on the 49ers nowadays, I don't think it is feasible to expect the teams core group to remain intact beyond 2015. Iupati, Kaepernick, Aldon Smith and Crabtree will all likely command huge dollars, and when is Vernon Davis' next deal up? Justin Smith is due as well here soon. The question becomes priorities, so we should be looking at ranking them in order of priority first.
From my armchair quarterbacking position, here's my pre-2013 list:
1. Kaepernick - duh.
2. M.Iupati - We are a running team and Iupati is the best in the game at what we need to be able to do what we do on offense.
3. A.Smith - I'm convinced there was an injury there last season and that Aldon returns to fine form next season. Thus, he becomes #3 (or #2 depending)
4. M.Crabtree - While he is clearly a #1 WR in my books, teams generally don't place WR as priority over QB's or pass rushers. Perhaps because of this the 49ers may again look at WR early in the draft (in preparation for Crabtree's eventual departure).
Agree, some guys are getting old though so they will be gone or their salary reduced. VD will not get another giant contract b/c he is getting old and depends a ton on speed. But guys like Staley and Boone salary could grow which means we need to get adequete backups for them going forward.
I think the general view is you can't afford to pay everybody, which is similar in the corporate world as there are only so many executive positions to go around, so which ones? I have ranked what would be my priorities but that still doesn't factor in what's going on with the secondary (those guys aren't cheap either) and the d-line. In the end it depends on the players and the size of their contracts they will settle for that determines the right fit going forward. I wouldn't expect any of those guys to play at a discount (would you?) so I'm thinking WR's are usually the most grandiose in their demands and thus more difficult to re-sign.
Just to throw another alternative out there. The 49ers could re-sign all the core guys if they are willing to play with younger players on rookie-level contracts in the secondary, at RB, and at defensive line.
[ Edited by bzborow1 on Apr 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM ]