Free Agents -and- What To Do About the O Line?

I mentioned this in the previous thread, and I think it holds true, that the team who gives up sacks a lot more than it creates them, will look to bolster a shakey line through free agency rather than the draft.

We have very little draft capital, and I think we need to upgrade too many other areas to use a pick on an offensive lineman. Well, maybe one. But nothing higher than a 4th rounder.

Our tackles are set in ageless Joe Staley, and Mike McGlinchey. The rest is up for grabs. Westie Richberg (Richie Westberg?) is coming off a sub-par year that he attributed for being dinged up. As of now, Person and Tomlinson are our right and left guards with Magnusen and Garnett being the backups.

So, if there was work to be done there, it would be at guard. Our guards are OK, but they leave a bit to be desired pass protection-wise. We gave up 48 sacks. Not the horrendous number of 62 given up by Houston, but we were 9th worst in sack totals,and 4th in yards lost.

One guy we are apparently interested in draft-wise is Garrett Bradbury. He had played both guard and center well in college, and could very well slip into Tomlinson’s spot. He’d be a 3rd rounder if the yokels are right. He ran a 4.9 40 and possesses the later quickness desired by our outside zone blocking scheme.

As far as who will be available after the draft? Who knows? Your guess is as good as mine.

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54 Responses to Free Agents -and- What To Do About the O Line?

  1. NJ49er says:

    Gonna say Bradbury lands with LAR late RD1 if not sooner.
    There will be solid options in RD4 and beyond.
    Interior guys are less glamorous and typically interchangeable.
    See what comes…

  2. Winder says:

    We need to find another Newberry(sp). I think if I was running the draft I would go Edge, WR, OT/G, ILB, DB, in that order. I think we have 6 picks so I would take a flyer on a QB.

  3. Garrett Bradbury says:

    The 49ers’ O-line is nothing but five tomato cans inviting any D-linemen to stomp Jimmy Pornoppollo into oblivion. I hope to God I don’t have to join that train wreck.

  4. rtfirefly says:

    We’ll draft an OL in the lower rounds. I wouldn’t be disappointed if we used our 2nd rounder on one. NJ will have to tell me if there are any in this year’s draft worthy of it.

    I expect, however, a WR in the 2nd. It’s a good year for WRs. Can Pettis stay healthy? I think he’s Antonio Brown in progress, with the separation he gets. Will Goodwin be healthy? He’s the only guy we’ve got who can take the top of the defense. Whether Jimmy G. can consistently hit the deep ball is a whole ‘nother issue. Another quick receiver and Goodwin, Pettis, new guy could be potential dynamite teamed up with Kittle. That’s with Jimmy G. at QB lol, not Mullen or Trump fanatic CJ LoseOften.

    2nd rounder on WR (frontrunner by far) or FS or CB I expect. OT or OG would be interesting.

    Gonna be a long, long 13 days till the Bosa Express pulls into the station.

    • NJ49er says:

      Here’s where I’m leaning RTF – No reason to think we won’t address the OL somewhere along the way. Thinking someone like Opeta or Bates will be there later. Not so much for Bradbury and McCoy who likely go RD1.

      Garrett Bradbury (C) – NC St – 6’2″/306 – 1.74 Split – 34 Reps (7.41 3-Cone)
      Erik McCoy (C) – TX A&M – 6’3″/303 1.72 Split – 29 Reps (8.28 3-Cone)
      Sua Opeta (C) – Weber St – 6’4″/301 1.66 Split – 39 Reps (8.06 3-Cone)
      Chris Lindstrom (G/C) – BC – 6’3″/308 1.70 Split – 25 Reps (7.61 3-Cone)
      Ryan Bates (OG)- PSU – 6’4″/306 1.70 Split – 28 Reps (7.45 3-Cone)
      Shaq Calhoun (OG) – MSSt – 6’2″/310 – 1.72 Split – 26 Reps (7.46 3-Cone)
      Trey Pipkins (OT/OG)- Sioux Falls – 6’6″/309 – 1.75 Split – 16 Reps (7.61 3-Cone)

  5. Winder says:

    Nice piece on Kezar at the 17:40 mark.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Sweet. That was cool. The Stick turf was awful. It ended and shortened a lot of careers.

  7. rtfirefly says:

    Warriors 1 Rest of League 0

  8. unca_chuck says:

    You passed! Easiest test ever.

    THis thing fucking up again?

  9. Red States Rock says:

    My “thing” is an abject failure, just like mainstream Republicans running for president to oust Trump.

    • Bullittt says:

      Is that you, Chuck? It is, isn’t it? Talk about a Freudian slip! Oops! Tough day at the office but I appreciate your honesty and it happens to all of us as we get older.

    • unca_chuck says:

      Jesus. How sad is your life that this is your highlight?

  10. NJ49er says:

    Russell gets paid – Hopefully handcuffs the budget in Seattle too –

    Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports Wilson will receive $107 million guaranteed and his contract contains a no-trade clause.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    $107 mill guaranteed? Wow. That REALLY looks to hamper their moves going forward but I have no idea of their cap space and such.

    Makes the Jimmy G deal look like peanuts.

    • 12th man says:

      From what I read so far the real guaranteed money is $65m which is a huge jump over Rogers $49m
      I just don’t see Wilson as worthy of that size contract.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    The price tag for Patrick Mahomes just went through the stratosphere.

    • Winder says:

      yeah, if Mahomes can avoid the sophmore slump he is gonna be pure gold. A lot is gonna depend on KC’s running game without Hunt. Wilson has been carrying Seattle for the last few years and that’s why he got paid.

  13. Russell Wilson says:

    I’m jealous of your 5 championship rings

  14. alleykat69 says:

    Problem with Chucky’s site Test

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Don’t see anything stuck in the filter.

  16. rtfirefly says:

    The NFL schedule is officially released tonight. Some, like the Jets’ whole schedule, has already leaked out.

  17. rtfirefly says:

    Mine got eaten, too. I’ll try again. Schedule comes out tonight.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    AK, I’m not seeing any problems on my side. Try clearing your cache. I’m assuming you have a PC.

    1. On the Internet Explorer Tools menu, click Internet Options. The Internet Options box should open to the General tab.
    2. On the General tab, in the Temporary Internet Files section, click the Delete Files button.
    3. When the dialog box opens click OK to clear the cache. …
    4. Click OK again to close the Internet Options box.

    • alleykat69 says:

      Actually I don’t have a PC Chuck, I just use my cellphone on yours and BF’s site.
      BF’s site is worse right now, I don’t know if these stupid pop up ads affect my phone? I try the log in all the time, wordpress, username,& password i see the plus face feature I need but when I switch back to Flavors and your site it goes away and I can’t get on, freakin frustrating!!

    • AlleyCat69 says:

      I’m actually the real blog troll and I’m not seeing my comments because I’ve been banned. So I’m gonna blog with real Americans at Skeebers’ place.

  19. alleykat69 says:

    Shit now yours is working but not BF’s and on yours I have to fill out the field ,username,e-mail every time , in the pass I just logged right in.

  20. rtfirefly says:

    Cam Inman


    #49ers unofficial sked
    Wk 1 @ #Bucs
    Wk 2 @ #Bengals
    Wk 3 vs #Steelers
    Wk 4 bye
    Wk 5 vs #Browns (MNF)
    Wk 6 @ #LARams
    Wk 7 @Wash
    Wk 8 vs #Panthers
    Wk 9 @ #AZ
    Wk 10 vs #Seahawks
    Wk 11 vs #AZ
    Wk 12 vs #Packers
    Wk 13 @ #Ravens
    Wk14 @ #Saints
    Wk15 vs #Falcons
    Wk16 vs Rams
    Wk17 @ Sea

  21. rtfirefly says:

    Matt Maiocco‏ @MaioccoNBCS

    The #49ers play three games in prime time, including one against the #Browns, via source.

  22. rtfirefly says:

    1:25 PDT start for the TB game. Whew!

    Night games against Cleveland (MNF), Cards (Thurs), Seahawks (MNF)

  23. Monday Night Browns says:

    We’re gonna put a hurtin’ on the little Levi’s whiners on prime time, baby

  24. rtfirefly says:

    Week 1: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:25 P.M., FOX, Sunday, September 8
    Week 2: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, September 15
    Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:25 P.M., CBS, Sunday, September 22,
    Week 4: Bye week
    Week 5: vs. Cleveland Browns 5:15 P.M., ESPN, Monday, October 7
    Week 6: @ Los Angeles Rams, 1:05 P.M., FOX, Sunday, October 13
    Week 7: @ Washington, 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, October 20
    Week 8: vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:05 P.M., FOX, Sunday, October 27
    Week 9: @ Arizona Cardinals, 5:20 P.M., FOX, Thursday, October 31
    Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 5:15 P.M., ESPN, Monday, November 11
    Week 11: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05 P.M., FOX, Sunday, November 17
    Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25 P.M., FOX, Sunday, November 24
    Week 13: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, December 1
    Week 14: @ New Orleans Saints 10:00 A.M., FOX, Sunday, December 8
    Week 15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25 P.M., FOX, Sunday, December 15
    Week 16: vs. Los Angeles Rams, TBD, Saturday OR Sunday, December 21/22
    Week 17: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25 P.M., FOX, Sunday, December 29
    Primetime games: Week 5 vs. Cleveland Browns (MNF), Week 9 @ Arizona Cardinals (TNF), Week 10 vs. Seattle Seahawks (MNF).

    • Winder says:

      That schedule isn’t bad. Maybe we can stay back east after the Buc’s game. Two probable shitty weather games in Balt and Seattle. And, a fourth week bye is the earliest I can remember for us. Usually by the time we get our week off we are scrounging the scrap heap of players. i think we go 8-8.

      • rtfirefly says:

        2002 last time for Week 4 bye, Winder.

        Sept. 8 hurricane season for TB. Miserably hot and humid in any case.

      • Winder says:

        RT- maybe we get lucky and get a cool sea breeze. But I have been to Tampa in August and it was just terrible sticky, I think I lived in a couple of local dives for a few days IIRC.

  25. rtfirefly says:

    The Bucs have a 7 week stretch without a home game, from Sept. 22-Nov. 10. Their sole “home” game in that stretch is in London.


  26. rtfirefly says:

    The Raiders go from Sept. 15-Nov. 3.


    • unca_chuck says:

      Yeah, and they have a ‘home’ game in London as well.

      The ghost of Pete Rozelle sticks it to re-un-dead Al.

      • Eddie DeFartolo says:

        Just be thankful that my Louisiana mafia connections were able to give you a mystery power outage so you could attempt a miracle comeback in the Super Bowl vs. Baltimore and then choke it away at the five yard line.

    • Prediction Pete says:

      My prediction is you’ll go 0-16 and Jimmy the G-Strap will do nothing but pornhub stints.

  27. Winder says:

    The Niners have been lucky the last couple of years not going to the UK. They are playing more games over there so our # is bound to be called pretty soon. We are also up for that fucking espn TV show that follows the team around for a year. That is a total distraction and they shouldn’t even do it.

  28. unca_chuck says:

    If we have a decent season i think we go next year.

  29. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up. Kevin, I’ll move your link to the new thread.

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