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04 Aug 2011

Braylon Edwards to San Francisco

Hey, where he gets to practice against Donte "Bengals? What Bengals?" Whitner! I'll link a story when we get one, this is on Twitter only right now.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 04 Aug 2011

7 comments, Last at 06 Aug 2011, 11:33pm by Jericho

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by Karl Cuba :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 8:47pm

No flashy signings for the niners this year, they've gone down to the outlet mall, you know where they sell t-shirts with three arms and no hole for your head but it's only 25 cents for a dozen!

A bunch of mid level signings: Rogers and Edwards on cut-price, one year deals; bringing McDonald back for a mid range contract, signing Goodwin for three years at $2 million less than the Giants gave Baas.

I don't know whether to be pleased or not, I'd have loved Nnamdi (though it seems he had his heart set on the birds) but I like most of the signings. Edwards instantly becomes the only reciever the niners have had since Owens that has had a 900 yard season. Whitner and Goldson are pretty interchangeable, Rogers has some cover skills to go with his hands of igneous rock and Goodwin is probably as good as Baas, if a little older. All the moves make some sense, instantly make the niners more competitive and carry very little risk in the long term. I think I'm happy.

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by Theo :: Thu, 08/04/2011 - 9:37pm

High, welcome to the local Steelers bar!

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by bravehoptoad :: Fri, 08/05/2011 - 3:35pm

I'll miss Spikes. We do have a lot of youth at LB, though, but that guy sure wasn't showing his age yet.

I'm a bit pissed off at the way they've handled Taylor Mays. Want to dump a high draft pick from the previous year? There's clearly one answer: e-mail all 31 other teams. Don't bother to tell the player involved until it (somehow! who knew!) goes public. That's the way they always do it in professional ball, amiright?

Edwards is probably my least favorite of their new signings. The guy sure seems like a nutcase, but Harbaugh and Baalke put so much emphasis on character that I'll assume they know what they've been doing. Whitner, Rogers, Goodwin...those all seem like solid pickups.

Heh...funny little center merry-go-round. Baas to New York, Goodwin to SF, Kreutz to NO.

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by jimbohead :: Fri, 08/05/2011 - 9:44pm

Are we sure Mays wasn't notified? I read an interview with Harbaugh that would seem to indicate otherwise....

Also, I'm really looking forward to the possibility of the Bears signing O'Hara, thus completing this little center exchange program.

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by Newjamarcus (not verified) :: Sat, 08/06/2011 - 9:37am

I don't know -- as a Jets fan who's watched Edwards for the past couple of years (and especially last year), I think his signing, at that price, is a pretty great deal for the Niners.

I'm actually entirely mystified that he couldn't get a better deal than this. He's had off-field issues (including a new one, which maybe depressed things further?), but at least from media accounts and published quotes, he seemed to be a team guy last year, and said all the right things. And while he's not a top-tier receiver, the guy brings a lot to the table as a receiver.

I suspect there must be some non-public info here -- it's hard to imagine that the Jets really believe Burress is an upgrade over Edwards, and yet they're guaranteeing him 3x as much. Just shocking.

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by Jericho (not verified) :: Sat, 08/06/2011 - 11:33pm

Seems like an odd match with San Fran and Edwards. Obviously Edwards wants to cash in next season, so logic dictates he picks the best situation for himself in 2011. Not sure how that's San Fran.

First, there's Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree. Both should siphon targets. Granted, there's a lot of concern over Crabtree's health. But that's a bit of wild card. What happens if Crabtree's fully healthy by Week 5? Do you really want to be the third option on a mediocre offense trying to put up numbers?

So even if Crabtree is a complete non-factor, we still have to get over the Alex Smith hurdle (is Harbaugh going to magically fix this?). Wouldn't there be at least a dozen better offensive situations out there? Even running #2 in Baltimore would seem to make sense.

Although not a bad signing, I find the match odd.