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July 28, 2011, 11:19 PM
OK Trent Baalke- you are officially the GM and so far it seems like you are doing a good job. The release of Nate Clements had to be done in order for San Francisco to pursue Nnamdi Asomugha. Now get out your pen, walk or drive to Nnamdi's house and get him to sign a contract. Since the day that Al Davis announced that Nnamdi would no longer be a Raider, I wondered if the 49ers would maybe bypass drafting a shutdown corner and instead try and sign Nnamdi. Everything is moving in that direction. Nnamdi has made the Bay Area his official home for the last 12 years, he has a home and family and a charity based in the Bay Area. If he were to sign for 4 years he would put himself in better position to make it to the Super Bowl than the NYJ's, the only other team interested in Nnamdi. Why would he be in a better position? because not much stands in the way of the 49ers, if Harbaugh turns out to be the coach that fans expect. Their defense is strong and would be much stronger with Nnambi, so all they really have to contend with is the emergence of a QB to lead the team. If Jed York gets off his rear end and gets back to getting the 49ers a new stadium Nnamdi will be in football heaven after being in football hell in Oakland.
July 28, 2011  11:24 PM ET

Well put. No reason in the world why the Niners shouldn't go all out to pursue Nnamadi. Our defense would be one of the best in the league with him.

Either way, I'm pleased enough with the job Baalke has done to this point. Drafting Kaepernick was a good start, and most recently, releasing Clements. All good decisions towards getting this proud franchise back where it belongs, atop the NFC West and NFL as a whole.

July 28, 2011  11:26 PM ET

I think if the Niners can give Nnamadi anything close to what the Texans or Jets offer, he'll take the Niners offer. As you said, he's been in the Bay Area for quite some time now.

July 28, 2011  11:42 PM ET

SF would be perfect. I'd rather see him there than anywhere else.

July 29, 2011  12:15 AM ET

The asking price for Asomugha is high, when the dust settles and CB's like J.Joseph(Texans), Ike Taylor(Steelers), DRC(Eagles), are off the market...Asomugha will reunite with Ryan in Dallas.

July 29, 2011  12:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The asking price for Asomugha is high, when the dust settles and CB's like J.Joseph(Texans), Ike Taylor(Steelers), DRC(Eagles), are off the market...Asomugha will reunite with Ryan in Dallas.

Regardless of his asking price, the Niners have as much money to give as any other teams in the mix for him. I've heard nothing of Dallas being involved, but with Jerry Jones, I wouldn't put it past him.

In the end, I think he'll sign with the Texans. But I sure as hell would love to see him in SF.

July 29, 2011  01:49 AM ET
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Regardless of his asking price, the Niners have as much money to give as any other teams in the mix for him. I've heard nothing of Dallas being involved, but with Jerry Jones, I wouldn't put it past him.In the end, I think he'll sign with the Texans. But I sure as hell would love to see him in SF.

Dallas was one of the teams that was over the cap the players they let go allows them to only sign their rookies and restructure some of their current players. Dallas has as much chance of getting Asomugha as Buffalo has of winning the Super Bowl. There are really only 3 teams actively pursuing Nnamdi Jets, Houston, 49ers, why would you want to go to the Jets and maybe have to deal with inner conflicts with Revis and who is the best and who should make more money. Houston- only if he wants to stay in the AFC would he chose Houston over SF.

July 29, 2011  01:52 AM ET
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Dallas was one of the teams that was over the cap the players they let go allows them to only sign their rookies and restructure some of their current players. Dallas has as much chance of getting Asomugha as Buffalo has of winning the Super Bowl. There are really only 3 teams actively pursuing Nnamdi Jets, Houston, 49ers, why would you want to go to the Jets and maybe have to deal with inner conflicts with Revis and who is the best and who should make more money. Houston- only if he wants to stay in the AFC would he chose Houston over SF.

I think all 3 have a good chance at getting him. Frankly, I think the idea of playing along side Revis might be a positive factor pertaining to the Jets. I'd imagine Aso and Revis would love to play along side each other. That would be one of the best CB tandems in NFL history.

Just found out Crabtree injured his right foot again. Gonna miss the next 4-6 weeks of workouts and practices. Not good.

July 29, 2011  01:54 AM ET

If Dallas got Aso they would be scary good...

July 29, 2011  01:58 AM ET
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If Dallas got Aso they would be scary good...

No more scary than the Niners would be. What would Dallas have outside of Aso to make them particularly scary?

Now the Pats, they're scary good. If the Jets got Aso, they'd be scary good.

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July 29, 2011  03:03 AM ET
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"so all they really have to contend with is the emergence of a QB to lead the team." These are the operative words. The Niners have a rich history of great QBs, but not recently. Winning a SB without a great QB can be done, but it's a tough row to ****. And Candlestick? Heck, the Beatles played their final concert there in 1966, so I guess it's kinda old. Seems none of the California football teams can get a new stadium, but the 49ers are prolly the most likely to get one in the next five years, and when they do it's a huge boost.And as for Nnamdi Asomugha, if he won't be a Charger, and he won't, just keep him the heck outa the AFC and I'm good with that. So good luck with that effort, 49ers. Hope it works out and he stays in the Bay Area - in the NFC.

Well stated. I agree with all of that.

I certainly hope the 49ers can reel in Aso. He'd have to take a different jersey # though. Frank Gore lays claim to 21. But that's a minor detail that can be worked out when he signs ;)

With Aso in the AFC West, you can be assured Philip River's numbers will look even more video game like at the season's end.

July 29, 2011  03:04 AM ET
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With Aso in the AFC West, you can be assured Philip River's numbers will look even more video game like at the season's end.

Sorry, meant to say "out of the AFC West"

July 29, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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I think all 3 have a good chance at getting him. Frankly, I think the idea of playing along side Revis might be a positive factor pertaining to the Jets. I'd imagine Aso and Revis would love to play along side each other. That would be one of the best CB tandems in NFL history.Just found out Crabtree injured his right foot again. Gonna miss the next 4-6 weeks of workouts and practices. Not good.

That's Ryans philosophy; give me the best talent so the world won't realize what a weak coach I am. On the subject of Crabtree. This guy may rank up there in notable 1st round busts. Looks like Al Davis was in a lose/ lose situation; Heywood-Bey or brittle bone Crabtree. I'm sure they will take him to a doctor and to determine if this is a lingering medical condition or an excuse to get out of pre season practice. This guy hasn't shown up for day one since he got out of college. Training and practice just aren't in the guys vocabulary. If this was a carry over it is his fault for not getting it fixed in the off season. There was plenty of time before the lockout to get it done. I would even say that the 49ers might be able to sue him for fraudulently withholding a medical condition.

July 29, 2011  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The asking price for Asomugha is high, when the dust settles and CB's like J.Joseph(Texans), Ike Taylor(Steelers), DRC(Eagles), are off the market...Asomugha will reunite with Ryan in Dallas.

This makes good sense.

July 29, 2011  09:18 AM ET
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No more scary than the Niners would be. What would Dallas have outside of Aso to make them particularly scary? Now the Pats, they're scary good. If the Jets got Aso, they'd be scary good.

The Patriots made a mistake in acquiring Fat Albert. The man is lazy.

July 29, 2011  10:17 AM ET
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The Patriots made a mistake in acquiring Fat Albert. The man is lazy.

I disagree, This guy only cost the Patriots a fifth round selection in the draft. If he doesn't work out they will really have lost nothing. If Belichick can ligh a fire under him, he could be a very disruptve force in the middle of their DL.

July 29, 2011  08:22 PM ET

Now that Philadelphia stole our dream free agent, I wonder if the Eagles have any cap room to sign Jackson. Lets see they have Vince Young, Nnamdi Asomugha, they must have been way under the cap. I think it is fair to say that Philadelphia will win the NFC East.

July 29, 2011  08:25 PM ET

Ok Baalke- we understand that the 49ers at the beginning of the season said they would not be a player in the free agent market. So tell us who your left cornerback is going to be, I hope you don't blow all your cap room on Goldson.

 
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