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Shawntae Spencer will be allowed to seek a trade

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Cornerback Shawntae Spencer has spent eight seasons in San Francisco, primarily as a starter. The team thought enough of him in 2006 to hand him a six-year contract.

Spencer’s tenure with the team is about up.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports the 49ers are in the process of allowing Spencer seek a trade. He’s due $3 million next season and there’s no way the 49ers will pay that after burying him on the bench late last season.

Don’t expect the 49ers to find any takers. Spencer is 30 years old and there are a lot of good cornerbacks available this offseason. Teams know San Francisco will cut him, so they may as well wait for that to happen.

Spencer switched agents this offseason. He said that his former agent David Dunn had a conflict of interest because of close ties to 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh.

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23 Responses to “Shawntae Spencer will be allowed to seek a trade”
  1. jade amor says: Feb 16, 2012 5:42 PM

    Hey Belichick, send them a 6th rounder, for no reason other than he cant be any worse than what you made Patriots fans watch last year, lol…

    Although I will say, in the Super Bowl that looked like a top 10 defense, not a bottom 3 defense

  2. jenniferxxx says: Feb 16, 2012 6:02 PM

    Since they’ll never pay him the bonus they’re not going to get anything in a trade. Maybe a 7th rounder just to avoid a bidding war. Unless they can find a fool.

  3. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Feb 16, 2012 6:07 PM

    fool = oakland raiders

  4. luke says: Feb 16, 2012 6:12 PM

    did someone say fool. hello this is the Raiders, we would like to trade a 3rd rounder.

  5. smelleygarcia says: Feb 16, 2012 6:23 PM

    As I Niners fan I’d actually rather see renegotiate his contract and come back. He was never a world beater, but was a serviceable starter. He would have played more this year had he been healthy. Our corner depth is not outstanding Culliver, Brock, etc. And given that Carlos Rodgers was a thousand times better than he ever had been before I would like to have some options in case that turns out to be a contract year anomaly.

    Hopefully a lack of interest from other teams to pick up his current salary will convince him to take a pay cut to stay – although honestly I don’t think Harbaugh really wants him.

  6. illinininer says: Feb 16, 2012 6:26 PM

    Allowing him to seek a trade is a way to formally allow his agent to speak to other teams about a future contract while the 49ers replace him. They can’t just release him when they only have one other corner with starting experience under contract for next season.

  7. schlonkie2 says: Feb 16, 2012 6:34 PM

    Carlos Rodgers has always been a decent cover corner and doesnt mind tackling, but you will never see him get picks like that again…even he doesnt know why all of a sudden he can catch.

    I will tell you this though, dude knows how to dance. I can assure you he logged more hours dancing on the sidelines during offensive posessions for the Skins than he ever did working on his hands.

    Those hands have been taught how to Dougie, just not catch.

  8. cali49er707 says: Feb 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    we will gladly take any pick from any team because, he is going to get released anyways

  9. time2speakup says: Feb 16, 2012 6:59 PM

    Spence will be back in a Niners uniform next season at a substantially reduced rate – Why?
    He is a very well known commodity that can still play (one of the very best whose initials are Larry Fitzgerald won’t be pleased to hear this). And 30 is not THAT old for a corner. The question may come down to is his work ethic to Harbaughs liking?

  10. nineroutsider says: Feb 16, 2012 7:16 PM

    9er fans…Spencer had a decent run, but it’s over. The coaching staff obviously doesn’t think he can play, I will trust the guys that turned a 9 year in the skids franchise into a 13-3 almost won it all franchise.

  11. 4evrnyt says: Feb 16, 2012 7:30 PM

    IMO 8 seasons was 7 too many. I used to boo when this guy was introduced at games if that gives you any idea of what I think of him. Somehow and somewhere he pulled out a decent season last year but to no ones surprise he stank early in the year and then ‘became injured’ and never got back on the field.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish! The only thing that will make this even better is if he can go stink up an NFC West opponents back field. Even with Alex Smith at QB I have no fear throwing at Spencer.

  12. 4evrnyt says: Feb 16, 2012 7:33 PM

    Over the years as a 49er fan attending games I’ve only booed two players while being introduced:

    Kwame Harris & Shawntae Spencer. Shame that Spencer couldn’t have gone at the same time as Harris who isn’t even in the league anymore.

  13. trevor123698 says: Feb 16, 2012 7:56 PM

    Sending a 6th rounder for him would be a terrible idea for the Pats. They turn those into something worth more than 50 times its weight in gold.

  14. forever8young says: Feb 16, 2012 8:06 PM

    Spencer’s career with the Niners wasn’t half bad. He’s just not a Harbaugh-Fangio guy is all.

  15. billmead1976 says: Feb 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    Ship him to that Ohio team with Clements and Mays.

  16. raiderrob21 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:02 PM

    I didnt even know he was still on the Whiners. Wow! Pretty dumb for them to think anyone will trade for him when he will get cut anyway. Head on over to the DARK SIDE of the Bay. CB competition is wide open and we can use you, FOR THE VETERAN MINIMUM salary.

    RAIDER NATION!!!

  17. forever8young says: Feb 17, 2012 12:34 AM

    raiderrob21 says: Feb 16, 2012 10:02 PM

    I didnt even know he was still on the Whiners. Wow! Pretty dumb for them to think anyone will trade for him when he will get cut anyway. Head on over to the DARK SIDE of the Bay. CB competition is wide open and we can use you, FOR THE VETERAN MINIMUM salary.

    RAIDER NATION!!!
    —————————————————————

    Does the ’21’ in ‘raiderrob21′ stand for your age or IQ? Or both?

  18. alldonesmith says: Feb 17, 2012 12:37 AM

    I don’t see them getting anything, but no harm in trying. you never know who’s going to want to throw a draft pick at you these days. also as others have said, it’s a courtesy to Spencer, who won’t get released until they have a few more corners under contract for 2012.

  19. 4evrnyt says: Feb 17, 2012 2:26 AM

    LOL at all of you talking about wanting to bring this guy back. Just answer one questions; why even though he had the best year of his career did he start the season as the #3 CB and only became the starter because of injury before getting hurt himself and then once healthy he never saw the field again. HE SUCKS!!! Cant wait to get rid of this waste of a roster spot.

  20. tatum064 says: Feb 17, 2012 2:53 AM

    peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says:
    Feb 16, 2012 6:07 PM
    fool = oakland raiders

    =================

    Is that why Forty-Niner fan shot Raider fan last pre-season?

  21. patpatriot7 says: Feb 17, 2012 6:14 AM

    Patriots traded their sixth round pick to the Eagles for another DB and special teamer Tracy White last year.
    (They also traded their fifth and two sevenths).

  22. goldrush36 says: Feb 17, 2012 7:39 AM

    Tatum a raiders fan shot a raiders fan. That has been covered but nice try

  23. 49erlifer says: Feb 20, 2012 1:14 PM

    4evrnyt says:
    Feb 16, 2012 7:33 PM
    Over the years as a 49er fan attending games I’ve only booed two players while being introduced:

    Kwame Harris & Shawntae Spencer. Shame that Spencer couldn’t have gone at the same time as Harris who isn’t even in the league anymore.

    Kwame “false start” Harris for sure worst tackle to ever play like 8 years in the nfl but you forgot mike rumph and many others from the Dr. York days! Man doesnt it feels good to have the niners on top once again the bad years was worth it.

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