Originally posted by fastforward:
Letting Costanzo walk was a financial decision. I didn't get the Colin Jones trade at all. They traded the guy practically for a song - a low-round pick, which usually doesn't amount to much of anything. The guy didn't make much money at all. Baalke could have stayed put and still had money for other players.
His contract is 2 years for about $1.8 million. For a guy who's an absolute difference maker on special teams, that is not a high price to pay, especially considering 49ers coverage has gotten drastically worse without him and Jones. They went from the top half of the league to near dead last in kick return coverage. Bears meanwhile saw the opposite swing, with their kickoff coverage going from near the bottom of the league to near the very top. Not to say that's all on Costanzo but the guy did make a tremendous impact.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Dec 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM ]