OP is on to something. Many of our recent free agent signings were former 1st round picks. Rogers, Whitner, Edwards, Moss, Dorsey.
Baalke definitely keeps tabs on former 1st rounders, especially those who didn't quite live up to expectations with their original teams. That allows him to pick up a physically talented player for cheap, and allow our top notch coaching staff to cultivate that talent.
Woodson and Asomugha have been outstanding players in the past, it's just a matter of how much they have left in the tank.
My thoughts exactly. Baalke brings them in on reasonable short term contracts, if they are young enough and perform well he extends them, if not let's them go without putting us in salary cap he'll (see Seattle in 2-3 years).
Also, I think the organization appeals to free agents in more ways than one. When Debartalo was owner we were a first class all the way organization. We treated our players like family and rewarded their loyalty. I have a good friend of mine that played in the league for 13 years, he always said he would've liked the to play for the 9ers because of how they treated players. Jed tries run the organization the same way as Eddie D. IMO this is a reason we are able to get guys to sign sometimes at below market value.
Originally posted by tmpluff:
well along those 1st round trend, we could bring in Kellen Winslow Jr. we need TE dude would be dirt cheap!!!! and he would be motivated to prove he can play.
Dudes knee is shot. Seattle released him
He was on "Coach and company" on Espn radio (so take it FWIW) Saying he got released by Seattle and New England and the moves last year were just too tough on him and his family but now he's motivated and "in shape" (altho he did sound kinda dumb, Just an Idea anyway )
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