Originally posted by danimal:
Originally posted by Marvin49:
Originally posted by 80sbaby24:
Like they just said on the wheelhouse on 95.7.....
When you "evaluate" something, you sit back and wait/watch.
When you "pursue" something, you go out and get it.
Did our guys jump on a plane, orchestrate a physical and watch a private workout? Or did we sit back and wait to see what happened?
What we did sounds more like pursuit than evaluation.
Yeah...gonna call a big fat BS on that one.
The 49ers go to the Combine every year, talk to players they have no intention of drafting, and send scouts to every pro day. Thay aren't pursuing those players. They are evaluating them.
Getting on a plane is the line between evaluating or pursuing. This is all pointless semantics.
Bottom line to me is that I think Manning was interested in SF when they didn't intend to pursue him. They went to see him and liked what they saw. They tried to make it work but never intended to pay what the Broncos did. Manning went to Denver.
End of story.
But they did intend to pay him something close to what Denver paid, and they did understand the PR could possibly have been too much for Alex Smith to handle.
They were willing to risk losing Alex and not gaining Peyton Manning all with one evaluation trip.
End of story
Harbaugh said they were never going to use 1/6th of the salary cap on one guy. Of course they wanted it on the downlow...they want EVERYTHING on the downlow. Who knew they were gonna draft Aldon Smith or AJ Jenkins in the first round?
This entire story is manufactured.
Did they have interest in Manning? Of course. Were they "chasing" him? No. IMO, they were never gonna give him that kind of money and thats a big reason he's in Denver. I also think it was MANNING who facilitated the talks.
Was it more than just checking the guy out? Yes. Was it a mad rush to try and get him? No. Did they think they were in it till the end? Yes. They had a chance at an all time great. The kicked the tires because it was prudent. They made an attempt but I don't think they EVER were gonna give up what Denver did.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on May 31, 2012 at 14:04:23 ]