Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
Significant FAs for the 2014 offseason include: Donte Whitner, Justin Smith, Tarell Brown, and Jonathan Goodwin.
Don't be surprised if the replacements for several of those guys are found in this draft. None of them will receive a major long-term commitment that would hamper our ability to lock up our younger guys down the road.
Significant FAs for the 2015 offseason include: Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree, Aldon Smith, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Frank Gore, and Chris Culliver.
In order to prepare for the 2015 offseason, I think you'll see us avoid any guarantees to Dashon Goldson beyond 2 years. He will command a longer term deal obviously, but he'll receive most of his money up front. 2014 will likely be Frank's last year with us, so that won't be a concern. It is going to take some creative juggling to get Kap, Crab, Aldon, Davis, and Iupati all locked up, but I think it can and will be done.
I think the stockpiling of draft picks this year has a lot to do with the offseason of 2015. The more young, cheap talent we can add through the draft, the easier it becomes to retain all of those guys.
Nice post. Baalke, very much appreciate you. I was sold when you outlined the proper characteristics of an OLB in the 3-4 (Aldon). I knew at that moment you knew what you were doing.
OK, your work is cut out for you as noted above.
For this year we need
DE (high quality)
OLB (quality - pass rusher/potential starter)
FS (high quality) or CB (high quality)
WR (high quality)
TE (quality - tall 6'6" RZ threat)
Keep me posted...
PS: Keep the cap in order: guys most likely cut are Whitner, Rogers, Manningham, Goodwin, Gore, etc. in the near future So focus on Brown, Kaepernick, Crabtree, Aldon, Davis, Iupati, and Culliver.
[ Edited by NCommand on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM ]