FYI: For 2013 Front Office moves: http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/niners/171861-2013-team-needs-updates/
Trent Baalke on...
Free Agency - "We've never been big players in the early part of free agency. This year is no different. We feel good about the football team that we have. There are things we know we need to address and we will address."
Personnel/Cap Management - Trent Baalke said. "This move (on Kilgore's extension) is another example of our philosophy to extend the contracts of our own young players." Indeed, the 49ers have a history of signing promising backups to extensions before they step into starting roles. In December 2011, they worked out an extension with right guard Alex Boone, who has started the past two seasons. In March, they extended nose guard Ian Williams, who started the first two games in 2013 before he sustained a broken ankle. In November, they signed cornerback Tramaine Brock to a four-year, $16 million extension. Brock assumed a starting role near the end of the regular season.
Drafting/Player Evaluation - One of Baalke's favorite books, "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell, helped the 49ers lead personnel man's approach to recent drafts, including the decision to select (Eric) Reid. Baalke explained the book's role in his draft evaluation process."The first time you look at a player, you're usually right," the general manager said. "Your gut is usually right. Through the process, you gather more and more information and you watch more and more film. And sometimes the process is so long and it's drawn out another two weeks that you end up talking yourself out of that first impression. So I always go back to the book. If you've read it, you understand where I'm coming from. And if you haven't, you should. It's a great book."
Year-round Planning - This is simply how the 49ers operate (re: the Draft board 65% done by March 1st) in "offseason" mode. Preparations are year-round, leaving little room for sudden alterations. This is an excellent article for how this FO also prepared for CK's cap hit as well: Read more at http://sfo.scout.com/2/1381221.html
Paraag Marathe on...
Contract Negotiation Philosophy - "Both sides in a contract negotiation, both sides are using analytics and data to help support -- it's confirmation bias to the max, everybody's trying to find evidence that supports whatever theory or contract demand they want to make," he said. "They can cut it and slice it in a lot of ways that help you. "Here's one that may not help them as much (on ESPN the Magazine article noting CK's 54.6% under pressure last season, the worst mark in the NFL. Meanwhile, he was sacked on 20.2% of snaps when under duress, the fourth-worst rate among starters), so that's why I'm looking forward to reading it." Later in the discussion, Marathe was asked more generally about the importance of a quarterback to a team's success. "That's the single biggest differentiator," he said. "If you can get by with average talent, but if you have a superior quarterback, you'll see the best quarterbacks -- the Hall of Fame quarterbacks -- it doesn't matter what kind of talent they have, even if they have really bad talent around them, they're going to finish 7-9 [or] 8-8. They're never going to go 3-13."
Jim Harbaugh on...
Contract Extensions/Relationship with Baalke/Jed - "I've told my owner I don't want any more power," he said. Harbaugh on Baalke and the amount the talk/communicate: "daily, hourly." "We're both demanding and we want to be accountable for ourselves, for each other," Harbaugh said. "If you haven't had a brother, you probably don't understand the relationship between the GM and the head coach. We're partners on the same team. I have great respect for him. He works extremely hard at it and is very good at it. We are all part of a team. I believe in the structure we have. I don't want to change anything that we do in that regard." Harbaugh, the third highest-paid coach in the NFC West, insisted he's content with his $5 million annual salary...but thetre is no timetable for an extension. "What I do know is this: I make plenty of money," Harbaugh said. "And I don't do five times as much work as any other coach on the staff. I get paid extremely well. Jed York has always been square dealing with me. I don't think about that as an issue I've seen it written like fact: 'Harbaugh wants to be the highest paid coach in football', or 'desperately covets a new contract.' For the record: I make plenty of money. I mean, plenty of money.'" "Zero opportunity or chance of that in my mind (leaving the 49ers)."
Defensive Assistant/Outside Linebackers Coach, Peter Hansen
Coaches Tim Drevno & Paul Wulff
OL Jonathan Goodwin (35 @ $3.16M) - Cut
SS Donte Whitner - Signed with the loser Browns for 4-year, $28M range, per @RapSheet. AB81Rules expected that we'd resign him to a 3-year deal, worth $15M, a $5M base average (good reference for how much the Brown's are getting ripped off).
CB Terell Brown - Signed a 1-year $3.5M contract with the loser, Raiders.
CB Carlos Rogers - Released and will be completely off the books accounting for an extra $6.6M on June 1st in salary cap relief. Also signed with the loser Raiders (where Niner's go to die - the Black Hole).
WR Mario Manningham - Signed with the loser Giants.
RB Anthony Dixon - Signed with some loser team like the rest.
QB Colt McCoy - Unrestricted and gone (27 @ $1.44M); signed with the Redskins.
FB Alex Debniak & WR Brandon Carswell - Cut
OLB Darius Fleming, DT Christian Tupou. WR DeMarco Sampson & CB Dax Swanson - Cut
CB Eric Wright - Retired
G Fou Fonoti - waived injured
QB Kory Faulkner - waived
Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the agents of players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. No contracts can be signed until March 11 at 1 p.m. (PT).
Another great resource for contract details: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/yearly/
2015 Draft Picks - # 7 inlcuding the 4th back that we lost for Stevie Johnson.
2014 Draft Picks - 11 picks with 6 in the first 100.
CB Tramaine Brock - Signed to a 4-year, $16M extension (last 2013 move back in November)
WR Jon Baldwin - Base salary in 2014 is now $645k (down from $1.4M). $755 available in (unreachable) incentives.
S Craig Dahl - Base salary has been reduced from $1.35M down to $825,000. That would be a $525,000 savings, plus he may have had his $250,000 roster bonus, and $50,000 workout bonus eliminated, which would make the savings as much as $825,000.
C Daniel Kilgore - The 49ers signed Kilgore, 26, to 3-year extension today that could keep the 2011 fifth-round pick with the team through 2017. The contract averages $1.8M per season with escalators of $900K available in the last two years, plus $900K in incentives in '17. DK's 2014 base is guaranteed and he also has a separate $600K roster bonus due April 1st, 2015 guaranteed for injury.
WR Anquan Boldin - Signed a two-year contract @ $12M with $9M guaranteed. Matt Maiocco: Anquan Boldin's first year cap number is $2.364M. Deal is actually 5 years (for cap reasons) but voids after 2 years.
Secondary/Assistant Defensive Coach Ed Donatell - Agreed to a two-year deal. If Donatell signed just a one-year extension, he could have been a candidate for defensive coordinator jobs next year. But the 49ers coveted him and clearly made it worth his while to stick around for the next two years.
Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio - The FO has extended Fangio through 2015.
ILB Michael Wilhoite - Exclusive rights (will be back).
13 players signed to reserve/future contracts - Those players include: QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, RB Jewel Hampton, WR Devon Wylie, WR DeMarco Sampson, WR David Reed, WR Chuck Jacobs, OG Al Netter, OT Carter Bykowski, DT Christian Tupou, NT Mike Purcell, CB Dax Swanson, SS D.J. Campbell & P Colton Schmidt
DE Demarcus Dobbs - #49ers expected to place lowest level tender ($1.4M) on RFA defensive end Demarcus Dobbs. First reported by @TomPelissero.
K Phil Dawson - AB81Rules projected a 1-year deal, worth $2.5M, with a $1M signing bonus, a $100,000 workout bonus, and a $1.4M base salary. Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers PK Phil Dawson received a two-year, $6.134 million deal with a $2 million signing bonus. He receives $3 million in the first year and can earn $25,000 in incentives each year.
SS Antoine Bethea - #49ers have reached agreement with Antoine Bethea on a four-year deal worth $21M per MB. Per AB81Rules: 2014- $3M ($1.25M base, $1.25M prorated bonus, $400K roster, and $100K workout)2015- $4.75M ($3M base, $1.25M prorated bonus, $400K roster, and $100K workout)2016- $5.75M ($4M base, $1.25M prorated bonus, $400K roster, and $100K workout)2017- $7M ($5.25M base, $1.25M prorated bonus, $400K roster, and $100K workout). 2014 base is fully guaranteed, 2015 is on signing, becomes fully on April 1 2015.
QB Blaine Gabbert - Adam Schefter, Jacksonville traded him to SF for a 6th round pick, per sources @ $2M a year; expected to rework final year of his original contract to, potentially, serve as backup.
CB Eric Wright - Resigns to a 1-year contract. Details pending.
OT Jonathan Martin - The Dolphins will get a seventh-round pick in 2015 if Martin is on the opening day roster this season. The 49ers play so many six-man O-line sets (used to be Daniel Kilgore's job who is now poised to start at center), so they needed another quality sixth man." He also doubles as our swing-T and will compete with OT Luke Marquardt.
CB Chris Cook - As expected, newly added cornerback Chris Cook signed a one-year deal for the league minimum $730,000, according to NFLPA records. He will count $570,000 against the salary cap.
CB Chris Culliver - A source told CSNBayArea.com the 49ers plan to enter into talks with Culliver's representation on a contract extension this offseason. Culliver is entering the final season of his rookie deal.
FB Bruce Miller - $645,000, along with new base salaries of $1.1 million in 2015, $1.25 million in 2016, and $1.45 million in 2017, he also received a $1.786 million signing bonus.He also is eligible for $160,000 per game roster bonuses in 2015-2017, along with $40,000 workout bonuses in 2015-2017. He also has $200,000 escalators for 2015-2017, base on making the pro bowl the previous year.The 3-year extension is worth $5.4 million.
ST/WR Kassim Osgood - Osgood getting $955k base, $20k first game roster bonus.
CB Perrish Cox - Has agreed to terms on one-year deal, source said (per MM).
WILL Aldon Smith (FYI) - We picked up his 2015 5th-year option, worth $9.754 million, which doesn't hurt the 2014 salary cap in any way. According to MM, with the 5th-year option signed, we have him signed for 2014 and 2015. In short, we don't expect to sign him long-term any time soon. We get him cheaper now for 2 years than if we had signed him to an early LT contract and we always have the option to place the Franchise Tag on him in 2016 & 2017. Technically we could have him for 2014, 2015 at a cheap rate for a premier pass rusher and tag him in 2016 and 2017 without having to sign him to a long term deal. Good business sense. The 49ers would like to complete Kaepernick's new contract before the start of training camp in late-July.
WR Brandon Lloyd - Lloyd's contract with the 49ers consists of the veteran minimum $955,000 base salary with $50,000 available through a workout bonus. His contract includes no signing bonus, the source said. He has more than the allowable amount of incentives in his contract, a source said, which means the 49ers do not receive the minimum salary benefit. Lloyd's deal counts $1.005 million against the 49ers' salary cap.
WR Stevie Johnson - 6'2" 210 and runs a 4.45 (Revis & Dick-Shaker) for a conditional 4th/3rd round pick in 2015. 3 straight seasons of 1,000. Cap numbers are $3.925M ('14), $6.025M ('15), and $6.125M ('16).
QB Josh Johnson - again.
ILB Chase Thomas - back with the Stanford coaches.
ST Blake Costanzo - MB & MM report that he and the Tony Montana Hit Squad have rejoined the team.
G/T Al Netter - resigned.
OT Joe Staley - signed an extension through 2019.
RB Alfonso Smith
OT Michael Philipp
OLB (SAM) Ahmad Brooks - RT @Jason_OTC: Looks like OLB Ahmad Brooks has restructured contract with #49ers, creating just over $2M in cap.
1. (1)(30): CB/S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois. 4 years, $7.112M, including $3.492 million signing bonus. Note: Total of $5.722 million, including his first three years' salary, is fully guaranteed against skill, injury and cap. 2014 cap figure: $1.293 million.
2. (2)(57): RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State. 4 years, $3.681M, including $997,584 signing bonus. Note: Total of $1.954 million, including first two years' salary, is fully guaranteed against skill, injury and cap. 2014 cap figure: $669,396.
3. (3)(70): C Marcus Martin, USC. 4 years, $3.058M, including $671,252 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: 587,813.
4. (3)(77): ILB Chris Borland, Wisconsin. 4 years, $2,897M, including $617,436 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $574,359.
5. (3)(100): C/G Brandon Thomas, Clemson. 4 years, $2.731M including $506,016 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $546,504.
6. (4)(106): WR Bruce Ellington, S. Carolina. 4 years, $2.694M, including $474,428 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $538,607.
7. (4)(129): CB Dontae Johnson, N. Carolina State. 4 years, $2.620M, including $400,544 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $520,136.
8. (5)(150): OLB Aaron Lynch, South Florida. 4 years, $2.418M, including $198,000 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $469,500.
9. (5)(170): CB Keith Reaser, Florida Atlantic. 4 years, $2.384M, including $164,800 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $461,200.
10. (6)(180): CB Kenneth Acker, SMU. 4 years, $2.340M, including $120,600 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $450,150.
11. (7)(243): DE Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College. 4 years, $2.268M, including $48,200 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $432,050.
12. (7)(245): FB Trey Millard, Oklahoma. 4 years, $2.267M, including $47,148 signing bonus. 2014 cap figure: $431,787
Kory Faulkner QB
Shayne Skov ILB
Morgan Breslin OLB - Cut
L.J. McCray S
Asante Cleveland TE
Dillon Farrell C
Fou Fonoti OT
Read more at http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/nfl-draft/178469-top-udfa-signings-tracker/
The Current 90: As of June 7th, 2014
QB: Colin Kaepernick; Josh Johnson; Blaine Gabbert; McLeod Bethel-Thompson & Kory Faulkner
RB: Frank Gore; Kendall Hunter; Marcus Lattimore; LaMichael James, Jewel Hampton, Carlos Hyde & Anthony Wilkerson (Stanford)
H-Back: Derek Carrier & Kevin Greene (USC)
FB: Bruce Miller; Will Tukuafu, Patrick Su'a (Fresno State) & (Trey Millard)
X: Anquan Boldin; Jon Baldwin & Kevin Cummings (Oregon State)
Y (SLOT): Quinton Patton; Stevie Johnson; Bruce Ellington; Chuck Jacobs & Devon Wiley
Z: Michael Crabtree; Kassim Osgood; Brandon Lloyd & David Reed
TE: Vernon Davis; Vance McDonald; Garrett Celek, Taylor Sloat (UC Davis) & Kane Friel (Brigham Young)
LOT: Joe Staley; Jonathan Martin (Luke Marquardt)
ROT: Anthony Davis; Al Netter & Carter Bykowski
LG: Mike Iupati; Joe Looney & Ryan Seymour
RG: Alex Boone; Adam Snyder & (Brandon Thomas)
C: Daniel Kilgore; Marcus Martin & Dillon Ferrell
RDE: Justin Smith; Tony Jerod-Eddie; Tank Carradine & Lawrence Okoye
LDE: Ray McDonald; DeMarcus Dobbs; Quinton Dial & Kaleb Ramsey
NT: Glenn Dorsey; Ian Williams, Mike Purcell & Viliami Moala (Cal)
WILL: Aldon Smith; Dan Skuta & Aaron Lynch
SAM: Ahmad Brooks; Corey Lemonier
MIKE: Patrick Willis; Nick Moody, Chase Thomas & Colin Kelly (UC Davis)
TED: Michael Wilhoite; Chris Borland; Shayne Skov & Blake Costanzo (Navarro Bowman)
RCB: Tramaine Brock; Dontae Johnson & (Keith Reaser)
LCB: Chris Culliver; Eric Wright; Chris Cook, Kenneth Acker, Drayton Allen-Calhoun (Middle Tennessee State) & Cameron Fuller (New Mexico State)
SLOT/NICKLE: Jimmie Ward; Perrish Cox & Darryl Morris
FS: Eric Reid; C.J. Spillman; L.J. McCray, D.J. Campbell, Courtney Avery (Michigan) & A.J. Highsmith (Miami)
SS: Antoine Bethea; Craig Dahl & Raymond Ventrone
LS: Kevin McDermott; Jimmy Davenport (Faulkner)
PK: Phil Dawson
P: Andy Lee & Colton Schmidt
PR/KOR: LaMichael James; Perrish Cox, Darryl Morris, Devon Wiley, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, L.J. McCray & Kenneth Acker (even Carlos Hyde).
Unofficial Roster: http://www.49ers.com/team/roster.html
Cap Ramifications/Potential Cuts:
No updates after the Kaepernick deal and Staley restructure. Both Boone and Davis are seeking contract extensions/bigger deals.
Total Current Cap Figure:
The 49ers are $5.157M under the cap. Cap is set at $133M for 2014. Any team can carry over unused salary cap room from the prior League Year.
Read more at AB81Rules: http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/niners/98000-2014-49ers-salaries-5244-million-under-cap/
Read more at Over The Cap: http://overthecap.com/teamcap.php?Team=49ers&Year=2014
Trending on NinerTalk - Top 5 Needs: H/W/S = Ideal Height/Weight/Speed; Would need to forfeit picks for Justin Gilbert & Mike Evans.
#1 CB/Dynamic Returner (Justin Gilbert @ #12 = H/W/S + Returner or Jeff Fuller/Jason Verrett)
#2 WR/Dynamic Returner (2) (Size: X - Mike Evans @ #16 or Donte Moncrief @ #66 = H/W/S or Y - Brandin Cooks @ #37 = Returner + S)
#3 S (Calvin Pryor, Hasean Clinton-Dix or Jimmie Ward from picks #27 - #33)
#4 ILB (Shayne Skov in the 2nd round (#56 or #61) or from the 3rd round on, Yawin Smallwood, Chris Borland, Andrew Jackson or Telvin Smith)
#5 C (Marcus Martin @ pick #71)
Fantastic job by NT. First off, every single player identified in #1 and #2 went way earlier than originally projected in Mike Evans, Justin Gilbert, Fuller, Verrett, Beckham, Clinton-Dix, Pryor, etc. Even Kelvin Benjamin went right before us at #29. So IMHO, that quickly transformed our draft to BPA and "value." With the draft so deep and equally talented between the 2nd and 6th rounds, we had many directions we could go. So as a result, we ended up getting Ellington, our slot WR and dynamic returner, the best S/DB for our needs in Jimmie Ward, basically the 2nd best ILB in Chris Borland and Shayne Skov for free and the best C in the draft in Marcus Martin. As for CB, we nabbed Jimmie Ward who will play nickle, slot and block punts and eventually, will be groomed into starting next to Reid. Outstanding! Well done NT, well done!
Now, let's look at how we did with the full needs.
Needs: (Order of Tier Importance: Top Tier, Second Tier & Third Tier)
Top Tier: No particular order within the tiers...
#1 CB/Dynamic Returner - The dynamic returner came way via Ellington in the WR role and also, Devon Wiley (NFL experience) and L.J. McCray (UDFA) seems to be the most productive rookie we have. We have our starters set in Brock/Culliver plus have NFL (or our defensive playbook) experience in Wright, Cox, Cook, Morris, Swanson, etc. So we picked later and got great developmental talent in Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser (PUP) & Kenneth Acker. This means we now have 5 press CB's in Brock, Culliver, Cook, Wright & Johnson who can also play off in our more exotic coverage schemes and most, including the S positons, can also bring the blitz effectively as well. Expect to see some single-high S as well. This is going to be the youngest, fastest, most athletic and most versatile and dynamic playmaking secondary we've had here in the HarBaalke tenure. It will be fun to watch this group get better and better and better.
#2 WR/Dynamic Returner - Here we have X = Michael Crabtree/Jon Baldwin --- Y = Stevie Johnson/Bruce Ellington/QuintonPatton --- Z = Anquan Boldin/Brandon Lloyd. What more needs to be said here?
#3 S - We esentaily drafted Jimmie Ward S/CB & L.J. McCray (UDFA) to fill the nickle, slot, block punts and eventually fill in at FS next to Reid (SS) in the very near future. No rush though with Bethea starting there. Fantastic pick and job well done by the FO of understanding our true needs. The Nickle/Slot is a 12th starter for us.
#4 ILB - This isn't even fair. Even with Bowman out, Wilhoite is a stud and Moody has been training all off season with CK in that hybrid-LB/S role and then we add Chris Borland ILB & Shayne Skov (UDFA - for free). It's safe to say we have a ton of depth here now and ALL are ST studs.
#8 FB - I b!tched and moaned all last year that we needed a pure FB to backup Miller and sadly, I was right. Did the FO learn? Hell yeah it did. It nabbed the best in Trey Milliard (PUP). He can take his time and be groomed into a key backup and ST stud as well as that swiss-army knife we love so much here.
#5 C - So we upgrade with Daniel Kilgore and then we also end up with the best C in the draft in Marcus Martin. That's just not even fair! Plus we also brought in Dillon Farrell as an UDFA.
#6 DE/OLB - As if Lemonier and Skuta aren't already great and then we go ahead and add Aaron Lynch & Morgan Breslin (UDFA). And as if Carradine, Dial, TJE, Okoye and Dobbs weren't enough, we add Caled Ramsey to the mix. Wow! Bring the heat boys...we can now rotate like Seattle did last year and play more aggressive and physically in the back end.
#9 OG - Obviously we love versatile linemen and Marcus Martin can play both C & G. Then we added Jonathan Martin in FA as well who can play out at OT or inside at G. But we're not done. We also added Brandon Thomas (PUP) & Fou Fonoti (UDFA) for the future and both can play OT or inside at G as well.
#7 QB - No big splash here but we have Gabbert & Josh Johnson as competition for the #2 and we brought in a #3 in Kory Faulkner (UDFA) to compete with Bethel-Thompson.
#10 OT - See #9 OG.
#11 RB - Now THIS isn't even fair. As if Gore, Lattimore, Hunter, James, and Hampton weren't enough, we nabbed the best RB in the draft (esp. for our offense) in Carlos Hyde.
#13 TE - We already have Davis, McDonald, Celek and an H-Back in Carrier so let's add an UDFA in Asante Cleveland and see if he pans out.
#12 NT - This is only 1 of 2 needs not addressed, I would prefer a wide-bodied 2-gap NT but with Dorsey, Williams and Dial, we should be fine.
#15 PK - This is only 1 of 2 needs not addressed. Usually we bring in competition here but so far, not this time. Andy and Phil are safe.
Translastion: This is a #$%^&*) stacked roster. The vultures will be out on cut days.
[ Edited by NCommand on Jul 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM ]