Team Awards

Since the draft is a long way off, and time will march slowly toward September, the 49ers announced that George Kittle won the Len Eshmont award, an award for the most inspirational player voted on by the players. DeForest Buckner was awarded the Bill Walsh award, one that is voted on by the coaching staff.

Both of these guys of course are looking at the last year of their rookie deals as well. Both look to make a lot more money as the 49ers will almost certainly work contract extensions for both of these guys as waiting until the deals are done would hit the cap harder for the team, and not sit well with either of them besides.

Both are at the top of their positions in the NFL, and certainly Kittle, who is the pre-eminent tight end in the league now, looks to blow past Jimmy Graham’s $10 mill a year mark with something approaching $14 mill if you believe the scuttlebut floating around. But Skittles is way down the pay scale as he wasa 5th round pick and makes around $2.15 mill on the last year of his deal. Buckner however, is already going to make $15.5 million on his 5th year option. He’s hit the bank this year, but looks to get a long-term extension done.

Bucker is in the Fletcher Cox, Grady Jarrett range of dominating interior linemen, and they both make $17 mill per. You have to think something in the $17.5/ $18 mill 4 year extension is in the realm of possibility. One would like to think they both work out team friendly deals that allow other players to be signed as they try to keep the train on track, but time will tell. And we have a lot of that.

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9 Responses to Team Awards

  1. unca_chuck says:

    And, just to keep this on the page, our meager pickings are:

    Round 1, Pick 31
    Round 5, Pick 139 (via Denver)
    Round 5, Pick 159
    Round 6, Pick 191
    Round 7, Pick 195 (via Detroit)
    Round 7, Pick 223

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of awards, these guys get the prize for quantity, if anything. Browns tackle Greg Robinson and free agent wide receiver Quan Bray were arrested at the Sierra Blanca border trying to smuggle 157 lb of pot across the border. Back in the day (1978) me and a group of 14 other guys and girls went on on half a pound of dirty-ass ‘Lumbo for the Aerosmith concert. Everyone got about an ounce and we all proceeded to roll joints the night before. I must have rolled something like 40 with the ounce. We all bought Marlboro reds to put the joints in. So you figure 40 x 28 x 157. That equals 175,840 joints. That’s a lot of doobage, my friends.

    “Gee, think the dogs can smell it?” “Naaah. It’s legal, amirite?” Well, not in Tejas.

    Sources say the dogs were laughing as they approached the truck.

  3. Winder says:

    chuck- we seem to have a pretty creative FO when it comes to contracts. They will be put to the test this year. i think the only players we let go are the ones who are kinda dead weight. They might just give Pettis one more try, I don’t think Shanny likes to let go of his early draft picks and unless McKinnon takes a big time pay cut I am pretty sure he’s out the door. Goodwin is all but certain gone and probably Street too although he’s still on his rookies contract. I truly don’t know but i don’t think they want to lose the cohesiveness they have built up.

    Trying to drive that much stuff over is really stupid. I wonder if someone told em that they don’t check at that crossing. And if they are that stupid i wonder if the pot they had was low grade garbage. No matter but you really don’t want to go to jail in Texas. Used to be if you had money some of the jails in Mexico were pretty nice.

  4. Grumpy Guy says:

    PF Focus also had Kittle as the #1 player in the NFL at any position.

  5. Winder says:

    This truly is a dead time of year. i can’t even get interested in the draft because we have one pick in the first two days and that one is late. Anyway pretty sure we will pick up some interesting players with the picks we got. It’s gonna be a long year.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    No shit. The only way we get picks is by trading guys. And I don’t think we are in position to do much of that. We’ll likely trade out of the 1st round to get a 2 and 3 or something. Maybe package up a bunch of bottom picks to move up a bit.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    New thread BTW . . .

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