Originally posted by Disp:
Originally posted by NinerBuff:
Obviously they're intertwined, but I value a #1 WR over a #1 CB. And I'm not sure if Brown is even our #1. I still hold to the idea of spending your $$ and resources on the front 7 and your secondary will benefit.
FWIW, I would prioritize the extensions as...
3) A. Davis
Some of it is the receiver, but I think the QB mostly makes the receiver. No CB is worth the money that someone like Revis is looking for, but I'd be a lot more comfortable signing Brown for $5-$6 mil/yr. than Crabtree to a $10mil/+ per year deal. With Kaepernick I think he'd be just fine going the Patriots/Brady route of finding a bunch of mid-tier dudes for $3-$5 mil/ year and drafting players to plug in. Mario Manningham was the perfect receiver and contract for what we should be looking for going forward imo. For the same money I'd rather 3 Manninghams @ $4mil/yr. than 1 star like Mike Wallace @ $11mil. and 2 deadbeats like Ted Ginn/Randy Moss at $1mil each.
Edit: Definitely agree with your top 4 signings though.
A good QB does make a receiver in most cases, but there are a few exceptions (Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, AJ Green, Julio Jones) that are absolute difference makers and not just a function of the QB throwing to them. Crabtree is good, but he doesn't have the elite size, speed, and separation that those guys have.
We'll see how the draft goes. If we land C. Patterson, D. Rodgers, or A. Dobson and they turn into a player like the guys I mentioned above, then great, Crabs walks. But if we draft a CB early, then Brown's extension seems less feasible.