Originally posted by saniner:
For the older guys like Gore and J. Smith I would say yes.
I think as long as we have Aldon Smith, our defense will be good for years. Similar to what DeMarcus Ware does for Dallas. Other players come and go, but Ware keeps that defense tough to play against. Aldon is special.
That being said, our defense can stay elite for at least 2-3 more years. We have McDonald, Brooks and Rogers signed. We have young studs Aldon, Bowman, Culliver for a few years on their rookie deals before we have to smash the piggy bank for them. Willis and J Smith should be able to work out future deals, as they begin to leave their prime.
We can continue to franchise Goldson, but he might stomp his feet and hurt our locker room. I think if Goldson, Grant, and Brown continue their level of play they are going to want to get paid higher than we can manage so they might stomp their feet. They will be our first casualties, but our defense can survive that for at least 2-3 years with the other tremendous talent we have.
Oh ya, and the offense...
We should be able to keep Vernon Davis around. Alex Smith gives us great flexibility because we don't have to break the bank for him. Staley is locked up. Miller will be on his rookie deal for a while, but we'll certainly give him a reasonable pay raise within the next year.
But here is where we run into some problems.
If Crabtree breaks out, we'll have to increase his salary.
Iupati and Davis have a few more years on their rookie deals, but if they break out, they are going to be extremely hard to keep (assuming we want to keep our top defense mostly intact).
Gore is getting up there in age, and he has been the heart and sole of our offense since his second year in the league.
We can maintain our elite defense for 2-3 years, and our offense is also looking like a 2-3 year window.
Every year is interesting, but in 2-3 years, we have to make major decisions between signing players on offense or defense
[ Edited by BrianGO on Jun 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM ]