For those of us oldsters, that used to be their tag line. Dee (First on Race Day) Ford received his $4.6 million injury payout. You’d think that would be bad news, but it isn’t. Mainly because we can recoup $7 million in salary cap space if we release him after June 1st. But that means we have to wait till after June 1st to realize the money. Meanwhile trying to extend Deebo and Bosa to new lucrative deals.
Me? I wonder what becomes of Raheem Mostert. He’s an outstanding back when he’s on the field, but being there is a challenge. His price may stay low due to his injury history. Laken Tomlinson? DJ Jones? Jason Verrett? Well, he gone. K’Waun Williams? Jaquiski Tartt? Ross Dwelley? Marcell Harris? Jeff Wilson? Jordan Willis? K Street? Arden Key? Demetrius FF?
No matter how you slice it, the 49ers have a shit-ton of free agents. Most of the guys listed, and there are about 10 more, restricted or otherwise, contributed big and small to our success last season. Some we really need to sign. Then there are restricted guys, like Jauan Jennings, Azeez Al-Shaair, Kevin Givens, and JaMichael Hasty.
Off the top of my head, I’d let Jeff Wilson, Jason Verrett, Ross Dwelley, and K Street go. Mostert can hopefully stay on the field. Verrett will never have another injury-free season. Woerner is fine as the backup TE. And with Bosa, AA, Givens, Key, Kinlaw, Ebukan, Omenihu, and DJ Jones in the fold, we still have amble depth on the defensive line.
So, keep Tomlinson, Mostert, DJ, Tartt, KWilliams, Harris, Willis, and Demetrius FF. The restricted guys we should be able to keep w/o too much scratch.
Sooo, we need to nail down a deal with Jimmy. I wonder what happens if Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers stick with their teams. That should create a little more value for Jimmy G as this is a pretty thin QB class, and the free agent pool is drained. Unless Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, or Tyrod Taylor floats your boat.
Hey, maybe we CAN get a 1st round pick for Jimmy. I’m holding my breath for Denver. Or the Washington Generals. John Lynch and Paraag Marathe need to hit the books and figure out how to wrangle money out of the Santa Clara mudflats to keep a lot of these guys.