Many Forever Faithful have been frustrated by the fact that the San Francisco 49ers have not been big spenders in free-agency thus far. Whether letting SS Donte Whitner sign with Cleveland or signing CB Chris Cook, the 49ers have opted not to take the Oakland Raiders route and bring in overvalued talent. A smart move by GM Trent Baalke as he first needed to re-sign his own players with the little cap room he had, Baalke has done a nice job as he extended the contracts or re-signed nine players including; FB Bruce Miller, C Daniel Kilgore, WR Anquan Boldin, K Phil Dawson, WR Kassim Osgood, CB Perrish Cox, CB Eric Wright, ILB Michael Wilhoite, and DE Demarcus Dobbs, Baalke continues to work the salary cap while maximizing his investments.
However, one position that has not died down in recent weeks is the rumors surrounding the wide receiver position. Whether inquiring about WR DeSean Jackson or waiting until the 2014 NFL Draft in a deep draft class, the wide receiver position has been a hot topic surrounding San Francisco. And with ESPN’s Field Yates proposing a trade for Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson, that has creating quite a buzz.
A proposal that would send the seven-time Pro Bowl wide-receiver to San Francisco in exchange for a 2014 second-round and fifth-round draft pick, would the trade make sense? Yates, believes it would as he said:
In need of a wide receiver — and with 11 picks in this draft — the 49ers would be well-served to add Johnson. He has a manageable base salary of $6.5 million for 2014, an amount for which San Francisco could find cap space. The 49ers have a deep and talented roster, and while draft picks can result in young, affordable talent, the truth is there aren’t that many spots available on the 53-man roster in San Francisco. Johnson brings a vertical presence to the perimeter passing game and would make an already Super Bowl-caliber team that much scarier.
A scenario that does make sense if it were to happen, I just don’t see that coming to fruition as a I believe giving up a second-round pick to be too valuable. And with this year’s wide receiver draft class being as deep as it is, trading a second-round pick for a 32-year old aging veteran is not a typical Baalke move.
With the 49ers likely staying put to draft a more versatile option as WR Brandin Cooks can be the multi-dimensional threat in the return-game, look for Baalke to go that route instead as the 49ers have been extremely high on him.