If the structuring of the deal isn't friendly, then the 49ers wont sign the player. They wont risk future cap dollars, look at Goldson and Walker. RJF, previous years, Franklin, all that wanted top dollar. Didn't make sense.
Kap will have played 26 games, 26 games doesn't equal a 120M deal. Flacco has a ring, plus been a starter for over 5 years. Rodgers 1 SB, MVP, all pro, and i league since 2005. He took a short term 65M ish deal to begin with. Kap wouldn't be selfish to screw the team like Flacco did. 20M+ in any year isnt good for business.
Aldon is replaceable IMO. If he wants more than Clay, tag him or let him hit FA. $60M is fair for him. He isnt a DE, so thats why Mario got 90M, Clay gpot like 60M+, you pay based on position value. He plays OLB most of the time. He isnt a DE by any means, and wont get 100M.
The cap is flat, people need to understand that. Teams wont mortgage the future in FA on 1 player anymore.
The Ravens, Steelers, Jets, all signed QBs to big deals, and are cap strained next year, same with New Orleans.
I hate saying this, but I know the business side, better than anyone here. I am not being arrogant. But in the 12+ years of doing this, the 49ers are one team that wont mortgage the future. They will only sign team friendly deals. Anyone to think we should give Kap a Flacco type deal is crazy, loo at the structure, he will have to restructure in 3 years when he has a $21M cap figure or so. We can't afford that with all the players we have to sign.
Key guys like Hunter, MIller, Kilgore will cost a litte, but still adds u. Cully, Iupati, Aldon, Kap and Crabs are the big 5, then Dorsey, Skuta are FAs too after 2014, also Gore(He will redo his deal, and extend 2 more years to mentor Lattimore, he needs more time to develop, Hunter is still young, so he isn't viewed IMO as a guy to mentor Lattimore, who would want Hunter's job. Vets like Gore, Boldin would sign team friendly deals and mentor young players, then retire. Justin did it.
Let me ask you this, would you rather mortgage the cap to sign Kap to a $120.6M deal, and Aldon to 100M deal over getting them to get friendly deals. They can still cash in again in 4 years, like most players do anyway. We also always sign our top players to new deals with years left on contract. See Vernon, Willis, Lee, Bowman, A.Davis.
Mario Manningham would be a great guy to have, as long as he is 100% healthy. I rather keep him, then risk another AJ Jenkins type pick. If I was GM, I wouldn't franchise Crabs. I would offer a 1 deal take it or leave it. Then if no, sign Boldin and Mario, have them, plus Patton, Baldwin, draft a few in rd 3 ish. Like we did with Patton, find a gem later on.
Our needs are simple. CB, SS, WR, OL Depth. Sign Kap, Aldon, then worry about Iupati, And Crabs.
These are the guys who would require new contracts to keep long term.
Forget Brown, Whitner, Goodwin, they wont be back, so no need to worry, we draft a new SS, and CB, and have Kilore take over at C.
And remember, we will eventually sign Reid to an extension after 2015 when allowed. Same with the good picks made, like Vance, Patton, Tank, Dial, Daniels, etc...
Again, not trying to be arrogant. Some are new here, and may or may not know me, I have a website, have been doing this since around 2000 ish. I did it on a old yahoo free site. Then NCH for the past 7-8 years. I started in 2006, took ownership over in 2009, and have been trying to improve the site since.