RIP, Cedrick Hardman

This stinks. Cedrick Hardman was one of the first draft picks whose career I followed from start to finish. He of course came on to the team during the heyday of our 3 -year stretch of playoff football. Our defense back then was outstanding. And he brought pass rushing skill to an already solid defense. He was a pro-bowler by his second year and is the all-time sack leader for the 49ers with 112.5. Amazingly he played with Mean Joe Greene at North Texas State U. That must have been a hell of a defense.

I was a little shocked to see he was 70 years old. It seems that the players of my youth are all getting up there, but Hardman was such a fun player to watch. When we got Fred Dean, Hardman had split for the Oakland Raiders, and Dean picked right up where Cedrick left. It was kind of a shame that Hardman ended up on such terrible offensive teams through the 70s, and in typical Bill Walsh tradition, he didn’t re-sign him after the 1979 season. Hardman did however, win a Super Bowl with the Raiders in 1980.

RIP, Cedrick. You were on of the 49er greats. Should be in the Hall.


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40 Responses to RIP, Cedrick Hardman

  1. unca_chuck says:

    We’d better hurry up with free agent signings. I wanted Dee Ford from KC, but he might re-up with them. There are some good guys to pick up on the FA wire. Ol Dirty Beckham isn’t one of them.

    • Winder says:

      Cedrick was one of my favorites also. I guess we shall see what the Niners are gonna do pretty soon. Big money contracts are already floating around and it looks like the Rams and Raiders got the money to spend.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Well, this guy wasn’t on my radar, but we just signed weak-side LB Kwon Alexander.

    This ain’t a Baalke special ACL draft pick. It is a John Lynch ACL free agent signing. He missed most of last year with a torn ACL. Not sure why we went after this guy when Dexter Fowler is out there, but I guess we will see.

    He is young (24) and fast, but like I said, we will see how well he has recovered,

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of Fowler, he re-upped with the Rams.

  4. Winder says:

    This sounds pretty fucked up to be honest. I hope they know something no one else does about this guy.

    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal contains $27 million guaranteed. At least as of right now, it makes Alexander the highest-paid inside linebacker in NFL history. They are eye-brow raising numbers for a player who not even the best linebacker available. 25-year-old (in August) Alexander is also coming off a torn ACL. He battled hamstring issues in 2017 and served a four-game suspension in 2015. Alexander is not an asset in coverage. We are frankly a bit baffled at the numbers. The 49ers are projecting a big step forward.

    • NJ49er says:

      Fools and their money are soon parted Winder.
      We’re the Hekawi.

      • NJ49er says:

        He’ll join the other overpaid ACL rehabbers now.
        At least they’ll get acquainted quickly I suppose.
        Just in time for the new and improved Medical/Training Staff.

        Tribe travel West, over stream, over river, over mountain, over mountain, over river, over stream! Then come big day… tribe fall over cliff. That when Hekawi get name. Medicine man say to my ancestor, “I think we lost. Where the heck are we?”.

      • NJ49er says:

        What a Fuk’n joke.
        Guessing we’ve got the highest paid Kicker now too?
        At least he’s got 2 good knees for now.

  5. alleykat69 says:

    Yeah loved Cedrick Hardman!
    High octane motor, that never gave up on a play!
    Truly a great 49er RIP Cedrick!! #86

  6. NJ49er says:

    They should be making a pitch for LAC WR Tyrell Williams too.
    With the cash they just unloaded on Kwon, I’m sure Earl will be a challenge too.

  7. NJ49er says:

    Happy to see Frank chugging along for another year too.
    Guy is solid gold.
    Might have to plan ahead for his visit to the NYJ this year.

  8. NJ49er says:

    This about sums up my feelings on the opening effort in FA – Along with the D+ Grade attached.

    The 49ers strike early and heavily in free agency as they intend to sign LB Kwon Alexander to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Alexander should fit in at the team’s WIL linebacker spot alongside Fred Warner. While Alexander makes sense for the Niners, the cost here is exorbitant and not just in terms of Alexander’s money. This is the price the Niners are paying for the swing and a miss on Reuben Foster. Foster was supposed to be the guy to hold this job and because he couldn’t avoid trouble, the Niners found themselves having to spend big at the position. The trickle down effect of that could mean they’re unable to fill other holes on their defense.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Kwon is either a steal what with him being a young pro-bowler, or he’s another fucking stupid risk coming off a serious knee injury.

    Man, Im at the point I just don’t get what these guys see or do in their war rooms concerning players available.I REALLY felt this way when looking at Baalke’s drafts.

    Dee Ford and Dante Fowler would be guys I’d throw the sink at. Not Kwon Alexander. They let a couple safeties fly by, but I guess they are looking to sign Earl Thomas on the (relatively) cheap. At least I hope so. I mean, shit, our glaring obvious needs are not that hard to figure out, yet we make moves like Alexander.

    As badly as the Foster signing turned out, it’s hard to really fault Lynch for that. No one has a crystal ball and can see into the future regarding their stupidity. We were all singing the praises of Aldon Smith after his 19.5 sack season. He did what he did.

    Some guys grow up, some guys fuck up.

  10. Kwon Alexander says:

    Bullit is 100% behind this signing and that’s all that matters. Your opinion is irrelevant.

  11. Winder says:

    I am nowhere near the disappointment with this regime as I was the last few years of Baalky. We still don’t seem to have a good batting average as far as FA’s go though. But overall I still think our 1st draft was pretty good and last years even better. At least we play a full 60 minutes now. We have had some tough luck with the injury bug and hopefully that ends this year. Also i really don’t give a fuck how much money any player gets as long as he plays good. I used to spend quite a bit of money with the Niners but now days I don’t spend a dime. None of the money they spend comes from me. I am still all in with Lynch and KS at least for another year.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    I’m with you for the most part, Winder. And yeah, I think Lynch/Shanny is worlds better than Baalke/Sing-Harbs-Bag-o-donuts-Kelly could even pretend to be. And like I said, Foster was a bit of a gamble, but we could have very well taken him with the 3rd pick and no one would have batted an eye.

    I hope that Kwon is OK, but that is a wait-and-see as well. Along with Kentavius Street.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, I thought we struck gold with Foster so it just goes to show you never really know. I wasn’t happy with the Thomas pick because we haven’t really had good luck with Stanford linemen.I forgot who I really wanted but I’m pretty sure it was offense for the pick. Might have been McCaffrey(sp).

  13. alleykat69 says:

    OBJ traded to the Browns!
    Giants keep screwing themselves as they can’t let go of Eli Manning ,and will screwup their draft as well..

  14. alleykat69 says:

    Damm Chiefs are trading Dee Ford supposedly to the 49ers for a 2nd round pick in the 2020 draft.
    Total highway robbery for the Niners!!

  15. rtfirefly says:

    Finally, finally, fi freakin’ ly. Now get Bosa and we’ll call it a wrap.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Holy shit! I did like Ford as a free agent. Hey, we can still get Bosa and we’ll be OK.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Boss at LEO and Ford at SAM (best)
      Trade down to a QB hungry team for a boatload. Giants could give #6 and then
      Ford at LEO Allen at SAM

      Humm Baby we got ourselves a pass rush.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    I seriously get why the Giants did it, a 1st, a 3rd AND a safety for ODBJ? But they sure left Eli hanging.

    This guarantees they get a QB and go full tilt rebuild this year. Sorry Eli. Your last year is going to be a benching.

  18. alleykat69 says:

    Well the doormat Browns will now be a powerhouse!
    Baker,OBJ,Landry,Chubb,&Myles Jack etc damm their going to wreck havoc and I for one think it’s great 👍

    • rtfirefly says:

      Yeah, I’ve been a big Mayfield fan since I watched him come off the bench his first game. Took about two minutes and I said, “Holy Cow! Now I understand what the Browns are doing.”

  19. Berger says:

    Yeehaw! Dee Ford! Like RT said, get Nick Bosa and we’ll have book-end terrors! We have the interior line with depth to support a Ford-Bosa siege on the QB!

    • alleykat69 says:

      Yeah Berger, nice pieces adding up front!
      Ford,Buckner,AA,Thomas,Get Bosa and I can see a vision of the “GoldRush Days” which would get my juices flowing seeing hits on a QB consistently again..

  20. rtfirefly says:

    Marsh team leader 2018 – 39 pressures
    Ford 2018 – 78 pressures

  21. unca_chuck says:

    Gaels beat the Zags!!

  22. rtfirefly says:

    Russia paying him?

  23. unca_chuck says:

    A 1 AND a 3 for ODB? Jarvis Landry is no mook and they get him anyway.

    They got balls, and they got a lot of talent, and they are winning the off-season, but until I see them actually do something, they are still the Browns. Hey, I’d like to see it, but somehow the wheels always seem to fall off.

  24. Cleveland Browns says:

    And we’ll still be a million times better than the lowly Whiners.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Wow, Dennis, never took you for a fair weather fan. I bet your mom is ashamed of you.

  26. Winder says:

    Fantastic move by Lynch Ford is a great player. KC did us good.

  27. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up . . ,.

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