Originally posted by Gore_21:
We started preliminary talks with Iupati April 15. They said no hurry to get it done but I'm sure it will be done before the season is over. They probably wanted to wait until the final roster and see where they stood cap wise. Once things settle down they can see how much they have extra to play with and maybe can add some of the 3 or so mil we have left onto Iupati's pay for this year or put it towards a signing bonus. It will get done just a matter of when. Iupati is a very humble guy, doubt he wants to leave SF... he loves Staley, Boone and Davis. It's just a matter of what his agent is like and if his agent will try to get him what Nicks got. Take the agent out of it Iupati probably signs for 30 mil and is happy. Put an agent into it he starts say well this team paid this guy this and this team paid this guy that. Sucks because dumb teams overpaying guys gives the agents more leverage. It's up to Iupati to tell his agent point blank get it done, I want at least x amount. Just get it done, don't make a big thing over it. I think in the NFL these days it's more agents than the players and if it's the players it's all about bragging rights. Well this guy got this much then I should get this much. Seriously, to us normal working people what the hell is the difference between 30 mil and 35 mil. 30 mil should be enough to live off your rest of your life if you dont live like an idiot. Shoot 1 million is more than enough. Too much greed and materialistic stuff...
Good post. Think we really need Iupati more with the coming departure of Goodwin. Hope that Kilgore is the next man up, because hes been with the group for a couple years. And he'll get a nice little extention if the coaches believe that he can plug in the hole we will soon have a center. Im not too sure about him and his development, which leads me to want Iupati even more signed long-term.
Either way, we have to keep our linemen paid well, fed well, and together, because we also have some really good coaching on both sides of the ball to keep the lines top-level in the league.