Originally posted by franklinfan:
How much of the cap are you willing to but into the TE position.?.Ithink Walkers contract is up next yr..Won't be cheap..and you still want 5 recievers,Something has to give somewhere in all this.
As much as I really like Walker, your observation about the cap touches on something that I've noticed over the past few years. It seems that decent TEs are going the way of RBs: the league seems to be awash in them and you can get a heck of a lot of TE for your cap dollar these days. Granted, the very elite TEs, like their RB peers, don't fit into this assessment, but as a general rule it seems like the number of smart, good blocking, TEs with soft hands has never been greater, league-wide.
Harbaugh seems to value TEs more than the average coach, so that mitigates in favor of Walker's value to the Niners, but big picture wise--as much as a really like the guy--I'm not sure how valuable Walker really is to other teams. Sure, he's above average, but is he worth paying above average money for? In that sense, Walker might actually end up being a lot cheaper than we're expecting.