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Asomugha, Woodson in “serious discussions” with 49ers

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When it comes to employees of NFL Network potentially defaming alleged whistleblowers, the powers-that-be remind them that they are analysts, not reporters.

But when analysts have personal relationships that positions them to be reporters on matters that create no potential liability, the NFL apparently applies a different standard:  Go for it.

Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, who played in Oakland with cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Charles Woodson, “reports” that the 49ers are in “serious discussions” with both men.  And since those comments can’t get the league sued, they are being trumpeted by NFL Media.

Players-turned-analysts often are in position to obtain important information from players who are still playing.  Sometimes, that’s a good thing.  Sometimes, that’s a bad thing.

The problem comes from the fact that the NFL applied a very broad standard to Warren Sapp and his “Jeremy Shockey is the bounty snitch” report.  He was reminded that he’s an analyst, not a reporter.  But that broad, bright-line rule necessarily is being violated by Gbaja-Biamila.

And there’s nothing like inconsistent workplace rules to create headaches for H.R. and legal and confusion among coworkers, at least one of whom may now be whispering into a hot mic about the “f–king you’re-an-analyst-not-a-reporter f–king angle.”

The better approach would be to have the analysts funnel any potential news they may have to management, and then to let management to decide which reporter will be given the lead.

Regardless, there’s no reason to doubt the accuracy of the report, which means that the 49ers are closing in on yet another escalation of the NFC West arms race with Seattle.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals could soon be petitioning the league for a return to the NFC East.

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114 Responses to “Asomugha, Woodson in “serious discussions” with 49ers”
  1. johosophat says: Mar 15, 2013 10:31 AM

    Woodson and Asomugha wanted to play together in Green Bay two years ago, might finally get the chance in San Francisco this year.

  2. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 15, 2013 10:31 AM

    Woodson and Nnamdi? Is Ronnie Lott available? How about Bob Sanders?

  3. patslaya says: Mar 15, 2013 10:34 AM

    Did Dan Snyder buy the 49ers?

  4. andyreidisthegoat says: Mar 15, 2013 10:36 AM

    nnamdi and charles-really. are they trying to win a superbowl?

  5. fpimentel72 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    I told everyone that my Niners is going to sign both guys, our Defense going to be even more dangerous, you guys can all deny this but it will get done.

  6. johnnyb216 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:40 AM

    Where are they getting all this money? I know Kapp isn’t making sh1t but Jesus!

  7. joshm5683 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:41 AM

    I’m a 49ers fan and I’d be super excited if this was 2006. Nnamdi I think will be ok, but Woodson is a liability and the last 2 years hes had injuries. I’m not a huge fan of the signings if they go through.

  8. gregerss says: Mar 15, 2013 10:41 AM

    So basically Nnamdi wants to go from one “dream team” to another.

  9. pjofar77 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:44 AM

    When athletes have personal relationships, that does not make them “reporters” that makes them “spokespeople.”

  10. skoodsports says: Mar 15, 2013 10:48 AM

    Wow…oldest, slowest secondary in the league?

    I can already see Percy Harvin blowing by these two geriatrics.

  11. bonersoup says: Mar 15, 2013 10:48 AM

    Wow, 49ers secondary will be taking a massive downgrade if they acquire Nnamdi. I can tell you that what you’re getting is a guy who can’t cover anyone, is constantly on the ground after getting burned, hates tackling, and will blame other guys on the team for his poor production. On top of that, he’s going to want to get paid some serious coin.

  12. krazykaosklown says: Mar 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    Don’t know what to think of these signings. Will there be room on roster to draft a CB?

  13. krazykaosklown says: Mar 15, 2013 10:50 AM

    Should say potential signings.

  14. flavordave says: Mar 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    Good move for the 49ers. Im sure in this years NFC Chapionship game when LeSean McCoy comes around Jason Peters and bulldozes Nnamdi that he’ll get back up, raise his hands, look around at his teammates, and wonder who was supposed to tackle McCoy. AHHH classic Nnamdi.

  15. vikesfansteve says: Mar 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    They have a small amount of cap space so they are structuring the contracts to go against the next 2 years cap. They are going all in to win the Super Bowl but next year and the year after that they are going to have very little cap space. Also, how are they going to pay 14 picks?

  16. forty9erled says: Mar 15, 2013 10:55 AM

    My question is, with what money are they gonna sign anyone?

    Last night I see that the 9ers have just over $1 million in cap space left. Baalke workin some magic!

  17. SAV says: Mar 15, 2013 10:55 AM

    The difference between the 49ers Free Agency and Seattle is the 9ers want all the guys that are washed up or had their best games and Hawks are going for players who have yet to hit their ceiling.

    Want to add that Wilson is twice the QB as Kaepernick.

  18. sweetnlow44 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:56 AM

    I heard they’re in talks with Mike Singletary too. To play.

  19. narfmoo12 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:57 AM

    Boldin was a good trade. Nnamdi is worthless. Can run or tackle anymore. Woodson can hit but can’t cover anymore. Seattle takes the division next year.

  20. themackstrong says: Mar 15, 2013 10:58 AM

    Oh Priest Holmes wants to come out of retirement and play 3rd downs heard he is stopping 49ers facility. Other NFC West teams bring in young talent-49ers wheel in name legends on life support.

  21. marvin49 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:59 AM

    I think peeps are missing the point.

    The 49ers do this every year. It looks like they are gettingolder, but in reality they sign these guys every year to fill out the roster cheaply.

    Randy Moss. Carlos Rodgers. Braylon Edwards. Leonard Davis.

    All signed to small, short term deals.

    They lock up the core of the team EARLY and cheaper than later (Willis, Bowman) and then let the overpriced walk (Goldson). They suppliment with vets looking for a ring (Nnamdi, Woodson) and accumulate draft picks (14 after Boldin trade) to draft the cheaper replacements for those players.

    For example….Woodson and a 1st round pick will probably be half the cost of Goldson.

    Thats the only way you STAY a good team for many years. Stay away from over paying an supplimenting with vets every single year.

  22. jets4gold says: Mar 15, 2013 10:59 AM

    anyone signing Nmamdi isn’t getting much for their money. Waste of $$ in many opinion

  23. seahawkswilson says: Mar 15, 2013 11:00 AM

    Hopefully the 49ers have a good doctor that specializes in geriatric medicine with their recent and rumored signings.

  24. thefootballgods says: Mar 15, 2013 11:00 AM

    wow

  25. richiedean says: Mar 15, 2013 11:01 AM

    Snitches get stitches

  26. seatownballers says: Mar 15, 2013 11:02 AM

    Nnamdi is not the player he once was. Woodson is injury prone. This pick up is not a threat

  27. fhuizar says: Mar 15, 2013 11:03 AM

    Seahawks got young to middle age talent

    Niners justing getting old

    Advantage Hawks

  28. richiedean says: Mar 15, 2013 11:03 AM

    Woodson would be a great addition especially since he can mentor our current or upcoming drafted DBs. Make the move Niners!

  29. ty49er4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:04 AM

    The defense will be even more stacked than last year plus 14 picks in the draft they should easily mMs it back to the super bowl but as much as I HATE to say it the hawks will be tough

  30. ajb3313 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:07 AM

    Woodson seems like a good fit even if just for a year. The team just went to the Super Bowl and came fairly close to winning it. If there’s a team that can look at one year investments with low risk and high potential for reward, it’s the 49ers.

  31. tennis22drew says: Mar 15, 2013 11:07 AM

    @vikesfansteve I’d be surprised if they draft 14 players. They will trade down and give up picks for other teams’ picks next year

  32. Just a Fan says: Mar 15, 2013 11:08 AM

    Who cares about these bums? Have them and sign Urlacher and Charlie Batch too. How about Ed Reed? THought you morons were all excited to sign that old fart too? This team will break the record for most players on the IR at one time.Can’t wait to see that idiot coach’s head explode on the side line this year.

  33. packerhater says: Mar 15, 2013 11:08 AM

    In other news , Dwight Clark , Joe Montana and Jerry Rice are said to be close to signing with the 49ers soon.

  34. blippityboom says: Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM

    Befitting that a gold-digger like Nnamdi would go to the 49ers. Zing!

  35. mmsierra says: Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM

    fpimentel72 says:
    Mar 15, 2013 10:37 AM
    I told everyone that my Niners is going to sign both guys, our Defense going to be even more dangerous, you guys can all deny this but it will get done.
    ————————————————–
    Let’s hope we draft some Pass Rushers
    Our DL needs an upgrade from what we have now
    And we need to substitute a lot more

  36. ty49er4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM

    If these two sign o can’t see where we need to upgrade with our 14 picks. The O-line could be better in spots and gore is getting close to the end those are really only the places I can think we need upgrade. Justin smith is getting old and we could do better than dorsey in the middle but I’m stoke for next year the picks are just a crap load of icing on the cake

  37. marvin49 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM

    @SAV

    Please.

    The difference is that the 49ers know you can’t pay everyone. They sign those players at the ends of their careers just to suppliment the roster.

    Boldin for a 6th rounder.
    Nnamdi most likely pretty cheap.
    Woodson most likely for cheap.

    Now they will use all those early picks (you know, the ones you gave away for Harvin before giving him 60 million….SMH) and draft younger players who will eventually take over for Justin Smith, Woodson and Nnamdi.

    This is how GOOD team approach free agency. Look at New England. They are bringing in Abraham and Freeney today.

    In Free Agency, you have to look for deals. Otherwise you over spend, get into cap trouble, and have to release players.

    As for your Wilson/Kaep comment….I like Wilson, but come talk to me when Wilson gets to a SB. The only reason you beat Washington was that RGIII go hurt. Next.

    So sick of these Seattle fans annointing themselved in March.

  38. ty49er4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:12 AM

    Nnamdi is only 31 ppl are talking like they are both over the hill. Woodson is playing safety not corner he will be fine this defense is gonna be as sick as the 94 team

  39. cliffordc05 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:13 AM

    The NFL Network seems to have no control over their so called ‘analysts’. The ability to play football does not necessarily translate into an ability to verbalize the game. ESPN has had uneven success with former players but the NFL Network seems to have gone out of its way to hire blowhards who are limited to jock talk.

    Does anyone have confidence that Ray Lewis will be able to provide any insight to games this year. He will be an embarrassment to ESPN and that is difficult to do.

  40. johnnycamparm says: Mar 15, 2013 11:14 AM

    Remember how everyone said before the NBA season started this year, that they shouldn’t even play this year’s NBA season, and should just play the finals because it’s just a two team race? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 2013 Los Angeles Lakers football team…

  41. billb49 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:14 AM

    No matter what his other opinions, you can always count on Seahawks fan to slip in a “oh, and Russell Wilson is twice the QB that Kaepernick is!” Sure, Seahawk fan. We’ll see.

    But on a serious note, the Niners have brought in older veterans who have played key rolls on almost every championship team they’ve fielded. In 94, they had Rickey Jackson, a 14 year veteran and Charles Mann, a 12 year vet. In 89, they had Matt Millen, a 12 year vet. Their first team had Hacksaw Reynolds and Fred Dean. Plus, Eagles fans don’t seem to understand that Asomugha just plays a lot better when he’s allowed to press in physical one-on-one coverage as opposed to hanging back in a cover 2. This could work out for the Niners.

  42. packerhater says: Mar 15, 2013 11:16 AM

    ty49er4life says:Mar 15, 2013 11:04 AM

    The defense will be even more stacked than last year plus 14 picks in the draft they should easily mMs it back to the super bowl but as much as I HATE to say it the hawks will be tough

    Easily mms it? What?

  43. ty49er4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:17 AM

    Marvin49 said it perfectly. But nnamdi isn’t even that old. And he will be cheap. He will be reenergized being back in the bay where he went to school and was drafted plus being on a super bowl team with the best coaches in the NFL he will be back to the level of play when he was in his prime

  44. niner650 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:18 AM

    If both get signed, who gets cut? I say either Whitner or Rogers

  45. bougin89 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    They have to be looking at Woodson as a safety. With the strict no contact after 5 yards that seems to be getting enforced more frequently Woodson is no longer effective in man on man coverage. I still think he could be useful if you put him as a centerfielder type of Free Safety and occasionally move him into the box and blitz him. He would be great as a last line of defense because he can definitely still tackle.

    He was a great, great Packer and I wish him the best. If the Packers can’t get it done I’ll root for Woodson to get a ring if the team he goes to is still in it next year.

  46. paulz624 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:20 AM

    I Don’t get it, the Niners have 15 picks in this years draft, theirs more talent this year with the corners an safety’s then in any other position, why would they want to make these kind of moves? Theirs players in this draft that can come right in and start from day one, I wouldn’t even think about getting these guys unless they come on the cheap.

  47. overratedsteelerhater says: Mar 15, 2013 11:20 AM

    they better be careful with all these big name players[eagles] don’t mess up the good thing you have going on…..use those picks!!!

  48. ravenmuscle says: Mar 15, 2013 11:22 AM

    Are the Niners talking to Ray Lewis about a comeback ala Bret Favre?

  49. goldrush36 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:23 AM

    The Manningham restructure left them with 9.2. I think everyone forgets to count that Alex trade in there. Sbnation had a link to their cap breakdown last night

  50. chucksports says: Mar 15, 2013 11:23 AM

    The Seahawks would likely now have to pick up Talib :)

  51. illadelphiasphinest says: Mar 15, 2013 11:25 AM

    Somewhere Tiki Barber is flabbergasted that his phone hasent rang with the 49ers calling.

  52. ty49er4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:25 AM

    All of you haters talk like they’ve added a bunch of old players. They’ve added one guy over 35. Nnamdi is only 31 and and boldin is 30 and still very good. The seahawks have added good younger players ill admit but the niners have all their young talent that isn’t overpriced signed then they fill out the roster with cheap proven veterans. Nnamdi will have a resurgence back home in the bay

  53. 11inthebox says: Mar 15, 2013 11:25 AM

    “The better approach would be to have the analysts funnel any potential news they may have to management, and then to let management to decide which reporter will be given the lead.”
    ————————
    Or…an even better approach might be former players becoming reporters instead of just analysts. Problem with that is the expectations for “inside” information would be impossibly high. Networks and fans would expect to know everything, from playbooks to personnel moves, to locker room fights.

    But once a player is no longer employed by a team, he becomes an “outsider.” He becomes like any other reporter.

    Like Warren Sapp said last year: “there is no fraternity.”

  54. gpatrick15 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:28 AM

    Why can’t you just report the news without going on such a tangent? This subject would have been the same had you just wrote on the topic at hand, which is the ongoing discussions between the 49ers and Asomugha/Woodson. Why bother with all of the backhanded comments about other networks & reporters? It gets old really fast.

  55. greenbleeder says: Mar 15, 2013 11:30 AM

    With Nnamdi on one corner, I guess we don’t have to worry about the 9ers this year.

  56. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 15, 2013 11:30 AM

    The hilarious thing here with all the back & forth between Niner & Seahaks fans is that the Seahawks don’t have any draft picks and the Niners now have 13.

    The record also speaks for itself. Last 5 meetings between the teams the Niners are 4-1. The last 8 meetings between Carroll and Harbaugh? Harbs holds a 7-1 advantage.

    Its a matter of public record folks!

  57. jimmyj049 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:31 AM

    Standard 49ers offseason.. Fill gaps with short term FA then draft best avaialble player or the future replacemntents. Almost 10 million in cap space left. Next year they have 35 million in cap space. Should be great.

  58. ty49er4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:32 AM

    A@packer hater I have a small phone and big thumbs I meant make it back to the super bowl had you used your brain and read it in context you could have figured it out.

  59. rickthefactor says: Mar 15, 2013 11:32 AM

    I don’t get where Seahawks fans feel that they can chime in on how better they are going to be than the Niners. Seattle LOST to Atlanta because their secondary got torched on a drive that they needed a stop, but yet thy want to speak up because they have cb who gets punched in the face and does nothing about it??? Nobody is worried about all the Microsoft money that they are spending, keep righting those checks boys!

  60. patscorona says: Mar 15, 2013 11:36 AM

    Like every signing in the NFL, you have to wait to see what the numbers are. If you overpay either of these guys, it’s a Snyder-esque mistake. If you get them for close the vet minimum because they want to win a ring, you just won free agency.

  61. ty49er4life says: Mar 15, 2013 11:37 AM

    @niners650 nobody gets cut. Goldson is gone woodson takes his spot and francois and sopoaga left we have roster space

  62. forty9erled says: Mar 15, 2013 11:37 AM

    I think its unfair to make the blanket statement that “The 9ers are at it again signing old players”. This is the now the 3rd year Baalke is the GM and the one truly making decisions. It seems to me they are trying to acquire veteran players at a fair price who can jump right into Fangio’s complex schemes now. When the 9ers draft young players, the vets are already there ready to mentor and help build.

    Not only that but can anyone remember the last time a 49er HC and GM truly worked together?

    Baalke & Harbaugh are like The Wizard of Oz & a Mad Scientist!

    GO NINERS!

  63. ken49ers says: Mar 15, 2013 11:37 AM

    Haters make me smile.

  64. mrphatal says: Mar 15, 2013 11:38 AM

    fpimentel72 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    I told everyone that my Niners is going to sign both guys, our Defense going to be even more dangerous, you guys can all deny this but it will get done.

    ___________________________________

    Dude, put down the hippie lettuce! Nnamdi and Woodson both are done, As for the defense, you guys just lost half of your defense from last year. You might be able to score some points, but you not going to stop them. Especially with Nnamdi covering. He will be blaming teammates and coaches by week 6 and eating lunch in his car again. Nnamdi, go back to acting it was better than your NFL career.

  65. bru308 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:40 AM

    Getting older? How old are those 14 draft picks they’re picking up in April?

    The 49ers have been using this mold for a couple years now. The Patriots do it too. Guess it’s a bad philosophy based on those two team’s records haha

  66. marvin49 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:40 AM

    @fhuizar

    These “Seattle signing young players/SF getting old” comments make me laugh.

    All this shows is that you don’t undertsand what’s happeneing.

    Seattle: Trades top pick and pick next year for malcontent and then gives him 60 million. Signs some younger free agents for bigger $$$.

    49ers: Trades for older SB Hero for 6th round pick to be just a @2 WR. He can’t complete trade right away because he’s helping people in Africa. Sign a few older players to cheap deals to fill holes short term (and no dead money when they are let go) and will then have 14 remaining picks in the draft including as many as 5 in the first 3 rounds. Those older players will be replaced by cheaper draft picks playing on rookie deals.

    I’m sorry…who’s getting older now?

    This is how you mage a team that’s ALREADY BUILT. You suppliment with older players and accumulate draft picks to eventually replace them.

    LOL…49ers getting older. Please. Their entire nucleus (outside of Justin Smith) is under 30.

  67. cali49er707 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:41 AM

    After we draft vacarro in the first round

    Draft mathieu in the second round

    Draft d line help with other second round pick

    And add more cheap talent with our ten other picks then will you haters finally shut up??

  68. kgbdk says: Mar 15, 2013 11:46 AM

    Carlos Rogers (Redskins)
    Justin Smith (Bengals)
    Donte Whitner (Bills)
    Ahmad Brooks (Bengals)

    All were signed as free agents by the 49ers. They were considered massive underachievers prior to their arrival. All of them became Pro Bowlers with the 49ers, Justin Smith a 4-time Pro Bowler.

    Take a humbled Nnamdi with something to prove out of a dysfunctional organization like the Eagles and he has a pretty good shot of turning things around. Pretty big change going from the Eagles where they promoted Juan Castillo, an offensive coordinator to run their defense and put him into Vic Fangio’s elite defense, with a very experienced coaching staff in Ed Donatell, Jim Leavitt and Jim Tomsula. The 49ers can get Nnamdi for a lot less than the Vince Young’s “Dream Team” did.

  69. sportsguybayarea says: Mar 15, 2013 11:49 AM

    idk what to think about this report at the moment. sign both and have smart veterans out there with great awareness and draft safety with their first picks (texas safety. but to all of you guys talking down on nnamdi, remember everyone talking bad about carlos rogers them he came tk the niners are had his best year then a pro bowl year after that. sometimes a player just needs a change and also it helps a lot when you play along the best front seven in the league and a great coaching staff. cant wait to read all tje comments come nid season when nnamdi will be looking like his old self and having a great year.

  70. jfont1584 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:51 AM

    I think its hysterical all the nnamdi pictures that are being posted are him in Oakland. Dude is finished. He couldn’t play zone in PHI to save his life in the first year. So they put him more in press coverage in the second year and the dude was burnt off the line almost EVERY play. The guy has played for losing teams his entire career and doesn’t have the fight in him to be the best. SF should do itself a favor and stay clear… Ship him back to OAK with all those misfits.

  71. stikolaboloni says: Mar 15, 2013 11:53 AM

    Well, he hasn’t covered or tackled anybody in two years so I mean what could go wrong? Ill never understand how teams can watch the game tape of a player perform so abysmally for two seasons and then conclude, “hey let’s sign this guy maybe he’ll wake up tomorrow and be a different player!”

  72. ninerhatersgetready4ring6 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:55 AM

    @vikesfansteve

    Apparently you don’t realize the Niners have one of the best cap manager in the league with Paraag Marathe. Go to overthecap.com and you will see the Niners are projected to be 34 million under the cap , if the cap is 123 million in 2014. Thier projected salaries will be 89 million. This is with a 8 million salary for Carlos Rogers who without a doubt be released . That would put them 42 million under cap. With this amount of cap space the Niners can extend Iupati, A.Davis, Crabtree, Kap and Aldon Smith. If you ask me , the Niners are in real good shape for the next 2-4 years. Correct me if I’m wrong.
    The signing of Asomogoa and Woodson are one year rentals. The Niners will draft a safety / corner in the draft with the 14 picks they currently hold. If you understand the conpensatory pick system, the Niners management have mastered it. They like signing player who have been released so its not counted as a “GAIN”. Asomogoa and Woodson fit that bill.
    So far the Niners have lost 5 free agents / signed 2 . So they would put them in line for 3 compensatory picks. They already have 9 picks scheduled for 2014 with the Alex Smith 3rd rd pick trade and the trade w/ Carolina that netted a 7th rd pick for the safety. That will put them at 12 picks already barring any trades in the 2013 drafts. Baalke know what he is doing ……make the move

  73. mjkelly77 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:57 AM

    But when analysts have personal relationships that positions them to be reporters on matters that create no potential liability, the NFL apparently applies a different standard: Go for it.
    _________________________

    Sounds like jealousy from someone who couldn’t even make his high school football team.

  74. phillyahole says: Mar 15, 2013 12:02 PM

    Old and Dreadful! You’ve really struck gold niners! Good luck!

  75. packerhater says: Mar 15, 2013 12:07 PM

    ty49er4life says:Mar 15, 2013 11:32 AM

    A@packer hater I have a small phone and big thumbs I meant make it back to the super bowl had you used your brain and read it in context you could have figured it out.

    Or if you knew how to spell people wouldt have to guess. Use a computer , thats what they are for . Phones are for talking .

  76. niner650 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:14 PM

    Younger doesn’t always mean better. There’s something to be said for experience and playing with your head versus your eyes.

  77. patrickpetersonstalent says: Mar 15, 2013 12:15 PM

    as a cards fan, the 49ers can have them. they’re both overrated and old. and as a cards fan, this new regime is starting to build a serious contender. we won’t be there for a few years, but be ready, we aren’t going anywhere.

  78. eastkoast49er says: Mar 15, 2013 12:19 PM

    Not counting ST the 49ers have 5 players over 30 by the start of this season. The Seahawks have 4. In all honesty, they are both young teams.

    If either brought in another aging vet or two for spot duty or to mentor, it doesn’t mean the team is old by league standards. Stop feeding on the BS. Thanks

  79. mwatts1 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:25 PM

    This reminds me of Karl Malone and Gary Payton joining the Lakers. Look how that worked out. Football is a young man’s sport. This isn’t impressive.

  80. metalup666 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:30 PM

    @marvin49

    Don’t worry they are sick of 49ers fans doing the same exact thing.

  81. kingtiger626 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:31 PM

    Wonder who would be getting roasted every week nnamdi or carlos

  82. goldrush36 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:33 PM

    Lost half their defense? Man some people are clueless. They lost a pair of backups, an over the hill nose tackle and Goldson. People like to think we act like losing Goldson is no big deal because we are bitter or in denial. Fact is the team didn’t even bother to offer him a contract. They are making a statement that he is an overrated system player and they feel just about anyone can do an adequate job. But hey go ahead and keep telling yourself we lost our best defenders and traded for a WR that will be a non factor. Eventhough counting the playoffs Crabtree and Boldin have a combined 192 receptions, more than 2600 yds and 20 tds last year

  83. citynative says: Mar 15, 2013 12:33 PM

    @marvin49

    Preach on my brother. Your points are right on. Anybody who doesnt understand that what the Niners are doing is smart and leads to sustainabilty doesnt know the current state of football.

  84. killitandeatit says: Mar 15, 2013 12:34 PM

    Two short years ago nobody gave the 49ers a chance to win 8 games. The “experts” are included in the above statement. Today we have a 49er/Sea Hawk rivalry and it’s a beautiful thing. We have no idea what a signing of both Woodson and N.A. could bring to the defensive side of the ball . I see very little down side, as long as the price is right. I am guessing that both want to play for a contender and the 49ers need some secondary help. The entire Philly team quit so maybe N.A. will be a steal. Charles Woodson is a no brainer player coach pick up.

  85. mrpolarbear99 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:35 PM

    Ok I’m all for smack talk but I cannot tolerate some of the sheer ignorance and utter stupidity on this thread.

    Carlos Rogers is not a cheap veteran. He has a 7 million dollar cap hit this year.

    The Niners have lost two of their defensive starters from last year. Not half.

    Kaepernick vs Wilson debate is idiotic. Wilson had a full season as a starter and during their first 10 games, both QB’s had similar numbers with Kaepernick’s being slightly better. Oh and he led his team to the Superbowl.

  86. goldrush36 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:36 PM

    And LOL at the cards fan.. yeah umm last place buddy. You guys are gonna make the suddenly elite division look bad

  87. unnamedxsource says: Mar 15, 2013 12:36 PM

    “Meanwhile, the Cardinals could soon be petitioning the league for a return to the NFC East.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOL :-D

  88. supersaucy says: Mar 15, 2013 12:39 PM

    It’ll be interesting if the Niners get both Players. Basically, we’ll all really find out if Nnamdi really lost it or if the defensive coaching in Philly was really that bad.

    With Woodson, if they just want him to be a cover safety I think they’ll be okay. Obviously, his better days are behind him but you don’t have to be the greatest ever to not let somebody behind you in coverage. I think he would be adequate at that. They’d also need to draft a safety and probably a corner in this draft, but I wouldn’t be so opposed to this move.

  89. baymac408 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:47 PM

    Idk if I like these signings!! They are both older!! Both big names with watered down game!! They both were studs in their prime.. But now days they both look like they have lost a step.. /:

  90. tdk24 says: Mar 15, 2013 12:47 PM

    I would seriously watch their cap numbers closely. The last time they brought in a big name DB to win the Superbowl, they were found to be cheating the cap.

  91. howiehandles says: Mar 15, 2013 12:52 PM

    “I told everyone that my Niners is going to sign both guys, our Defense going to be even more dangerous, you guys can all deny this but it will get done.”

    Not to be a grammar Nazi, but “are going to sign”.

    Anywho, nothing more reputable than some annoymous person claiming this or that on the Web.

    If Woodson was still that good, he’d be wearing green and gold.

    No one is denying anything, we just don’t care.

  92. unnamedxsource says: Mar 15, 2013 12:57 PM

    I can see the 49ers using the surplus picks to take a more aggressive approach. Don’t be surprised if you see them trade up and grab someone they like if the opportunity arises…

  93. ninerhatersgetready4ring6 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:05 PM

    @mrphatal

    I suggest you do your research before you make such a idiotic statement. You sir , are embarrassing yourself. How have the Niners lost half their defense from last year? They have only lost Goldson/Sopogoa.. Ricky Jean Francois was a back up.
    The front seven is McDonald Dorsey J. Smith
    LB Crew (All 4 All Pro – A. Smith, Willis, Bowman, A. Brooks)
    Secondary – Brown, Rogers, Whitner
    Goldson was a big loss but 8 million a year was not warranted for his position and Sopogoa a 9 year vet with one whole sack the whole season. He has already been replaced. So 11-2 equal nine. Tell me how is this half? I will wait for your response.

  94. eklypse69 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:08 PM

    Asomugha was a phenom in Oakland his first few seasons with the Raiders. So much so that the one man in the NFL who hated Al more than anyone else – Mike Shanahan, said that Asomugha was easily tied for the best CB in the NFL (with Revis mind you, not Chump Bailey). The only reason he ended up leaving Oakland was because he didn’t produce enough interceptions – but not for a lack on his part. QB’s got so afraid to throw his direction, they picked apart the other side of the field. The entire last season of his tenure in Oakland, balls were rarely thrown his direction. Shutdown by intimidation. The only problem was the other side of the field couldn’t live up to the same hype.

    So he left. And went to the Iggles. A new coach, a new scheme, and a D coordinator who didn’t know how to utilize someone like Nnamdi properly. And now all of a sudden he’s worthless? Hell, send him back to Oakland!

  95. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 15, 2013 1:09 PM

    Somebody needs to tell the 49ers its not 2003.

  96. capitaosuecia says: Mar 15, 2013 1:10 PM

    Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.. Not even Hollywood could come up with a better name for a villain

  97. hawkswa says: Mar 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    Seahawks fan here. Just because a few Hawks fans get on here and run their mouth in a 49ers post doesn’t mean all of us Seahawks fans are obnoxious and are already crowning the team champs. The NFC West still goes through SF, until someone else takes the division. It is going to be a great NFC West battle this upcoming season & lets not forget about St. Louis either.

    For the record, the Seahawks have 8 draft picks this season, so they can still add talent through the draft. Sure Seattle lost to ATL in the division rd on a last second FG and SF beat ATL in the NFC champ game, but 49ers fans lets not forget that the last time SEA-SF matched up, the final score was 42-13(SEA).

    No team wins championships in March, but it is exciting to see the rich get richer. Looking forward to next season!!

    Go Hawks

  98. brooklynniner19 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:21 PM

    “Meanwhile, the Cardinals could soon be petitioning the league for a return to the NFC East.” – Thats halarious !

    Anyways I like the move if the 49ers do sign Nnamdi amd Woodson. They will immediately be fill ins and that will allow SF to groom their young draft picks.

    Woodson is a better cover safety than Goldson(SL old FS) so we improve at FS. And Nnamdi is more phsyical and has better hands than C.Rogers so we improve at CB.

  99. norcalsportsknowledge says: Mar 15, 2013 1:22 PM

    It’s nice the 49ers have a franchise that future HOF want to come to on the cheap and try and get a ring. They don’t have to overpay to get good talent, which is a huge advantage. Beside it doesn’t matter what the Seahawks do, our coach owns your coach.

  100. redandgoldhitman52 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:24 PM

    lol i love all the non-49er fans coming here to hate. it cracks me how jealous people get at the 49ers.

  101. bobhk says: Mar 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    marvin49 says:
    Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM
    @SAV

    Please.

    The difference is that the 49ers know you can’t pay everyone. They sign those players at the ends of their careers just to suppliment the roster.

    Boldin for a 6th rounder.
    Nnamdi most likely pretty cheap.
    Woodson most likely for cheap.

    Now they will use all those early picks (you know, the ones you gave away for Harvin before giving him 60 million….SMH) and draft younger players who will eventually take over for Justin Smith, Woodson and Nnamdi.

    This is how GOOD team approach free agency. Look at New England. They are bringing in Abraham and Freeney today.

    In Free Agency, you have to look for deals. Otherwise you over spend, get into cap trouble, and have to release players.

    As for your Wilson/Kaep comment….I like Wilson, but come talk to me when Wilson gets to a SB. The only reason you beat Washington was that RGIII go hurt. Next.

    So sick of these Seattle fans annointing themselved in March.
    —————
    @marvin49

    Some hawks fans are smart and intelligent but I’d ignore the trash talkers.

    I don’t know anything more out of place than fans of a historically bad franchise that has won squat trash talking (other than fans of other loser franchises trash talking on behalf of Seahawks fans…like @lionsdraftguy)

  102. hawkswillwinachipinthenext5yearsguarunteed says: Mar 15, 2013 1:30 PM

    As far as those 14 picks go keep em. U won’t use them right other than aldon n keapernick y’all drafts have been crap maybe a role player here n there but our late rounders r better picks then y’all first rounders ill admit we don’t know Wasup with carpenter yet but y’all don’t know Wasup wit Jenkins or that whole draft class. Y’all waste picks we find gems in the last round n we ain’t even spending big money these players we just signed other then Percy got cheap deals compared to there value. But we will all c how it goes this season Go Hawks

  103. hawkswillwinachipinthenext5yearsguarunteed says: Mar 15, 2013 1:33 PM

    N oh yea we find I drafted free agents to. Doug Baldwin ring a bell

  104. seahawks19081 says: Mar 15, 2013 1:34 PM

    Please sign Nnamdi. Have you seen him play the last two years in Philly?
    I live in Philly so I have no choice but to watch the Eagles every week, and I can tell you Nnamdi is a shell of the player he was in Oakland.
    He can’t run, he can’t cover and he sure is not physical.
    Maybe playing where he is not being counted on to be the man he will find his game again.
    As a Seahawks fan I hope not.
    This should be a great rivalry between the niners and Hawks for many years to come.
    As for the knucklehead Seahawks fans I apologize. Not everyone of us is like that. The Niners have a great team, but hopefully The Seahawks a little bit better.

  105. Canned Heat says: Mar 15, 2013 2:07 PM

    marvin49 says:Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM

    @SAV

    Please.

    The difference is that the 49ers know you can’t pay everyone. They sign those players at the ends of their careers just to suppliment the roster.

    Boldin for a 6th rounder.
    Nnamdi most likely pretty cheap.
    Woodson most likely for cheap.

    Now they will use all those early picks (you know, the ones you gave away for Harvin before giving him 60 million….SMH) and draft younger players who will eventually take over for Justin Smith, Woodson and Nnamdi.

    This is how GOOD team approach free agency. Look at New England. They are bringing in Abraham and Freeney today.

    In Free Agency, you have to look for deals. Otherwise you over spend, get into cap trouble, and have to release players.

    As for your Wilson/Kaep comment….I like Wilson, but come talk to me when Wilson gets to a SB. The only reason you beat Washington was that RGIII go hurt. Next.

    So sick of these Seattle fans annointing themselved in March.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well written, and agree almost fully, with the exception of getting Woodson on the cheap. He’s not a Packer because of his age but also because of what he was due contractually, and he’s likely not going to take a monster pay cut.

    His post playing career is going to be all about the Charles Woodson TwentyFour Winery in CA…which is going gangbusters for him. He’s a blue blooded MI guy who was born in Ohio traded that state in for warmth. He wants to be out there….he will likely before all is said and done, end up with a CA team.

  106. gdublud says: Mar 15, 2013 2:27 PM

    Both players added to any team are an improvment. They are veterans who have lost a step or two, but knowing what angles to take and where to be on the field will make up for lost speed (i.e. Ronnie Lott, Rod Woodson). If they where to sign with any other team not contending for a title the haters would be saying its for the money or hanging on to a dying career. Stop hating and realize that if you haters could do a better job than Balke and Harbaugh you would be in Santa Clara instead of trolling this site.

  107. decon49 says: Mar 15, 2013 2:30 PM

    Still bringing up 42-13?

  108. norcalsportsknowledge says: Mar 15, 2013 2:52 PM

    I believe Woodson signs a 2yr contract worth less than 4 million a year w/only the first yr guaranteed. For Woodson that would be getting him cheap.

  109. bartlettruss says: Mar 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    It makes you wonder if the old 49er regime really deserves all the credit here. Jim Harbaugh obviously did more with the collected talent than Singletary, but the current regime seems to be getting away from the personnel policies that put that team together with cap room to spare.

    We’re starting to see “Dream Team spending” instead of player development. That means that when guys like Kaepernik get done with their rookie deals the Niners might be in a big money squeeze…

  110. seacolt213 says: Mar 15, 2013 3:16 PM

    This thread is comedy.

    1st- Complaining that Seattle in annointing themselves SB champs already makes me laugh b/c IT’S A NATURAL EXPECTATION FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CONFIDENCE IN THEIR TEAM.

    2nd- Whoever tried to justify the quality of the ‘9er secondary by saying Woodson would replace Goldson is silly. Goldson is a young-talented free agent. Woodson is an old-talented free agent. Secondary isn’t the place for old players to excel.

    3rd- Russel vs Kap is going to be a GREAT rivalry for years to come. Think the mobile version of Manning vs. Brady. To say either is better than the other is pointless, but to say b/c SF made it to the SB makes Kap better is also silly as Kap did not play the whole season and also had one more year of experience in the league…

    4th- As a Hawks fan, I WELCOME Woodson, Nhamdi, Reed, whoever you want to bring in! Anyone over 30 is MORE THAN WELCOME!!!! I agree Woodson will be a GREAT teacher, but from a performance perspective, think Atari Bigby on Seattle a few years ago.

    5th- Seattle still has 8 picks in the draft. Yes SF has 6 more, but I’d be willing to bet neither team exceeds 7 or 8 draft picks this year. 14 is great for making other deals, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not much of an advantage for this coming year… Unless some team wants to trade a handful of picks for a stud… Which is possible but not likely given the timelines for paying players their ‘guaranteed’ money vs the timing of the draft.

    6th- Don’t get it twisted, SF barely won the first match up last year when Russell was still learning how to be a pro QB; Once Russell found his rhythm… SF and most other teams were no match for our offense.

    7th- AND LAST COMMENT— We lost to ATL more b/c of a lack of pass rush than a bad secondary. Defenses are built on group philosophies… If everyone does their job, the package should be successful, but if we could not generate a pass rush on a GREAT passing team, then it’s very difficult for the secondary to maintain. (Granted that last bomb was RIDICULOUSLY BLOWN COVERAGE) but it was more likely the result of Matt Ryan having all day to throw as opposed to our secondary not doing their job…

    THE END.
    SEAHAWKS win the west, the conference and the league. #Annointed

  111. bobhk says: Mar 15, 2013 3:59 PM

    bartlettruss says:
    Mar 15, 2013 3:08 PM
    It makes you wonder if the old 49er regime really deserves all the credit here. Jim Harbaugh obviously did more with the collected talent than Singletary, but the current regime seems to be getting away from the personnel policies that put that team together with cap room to spare.

    We’re starting to see “Dream Team spending” instead of player development. That means that when guys like Kaepernik get done with their rookie deals the Niners might be in a big money squeeze…
    ————–
    Can we at least wait till we pile on.
    There is also something called draft to get talent and a vet to be a bridge. Remember, this draft class is deep in Safeties.

    So far, they’ve signed *2* FA (one backup). So, let’s stop with “Dream Team” talk.

  112. greatestgamensports says: Mar 15, 2013 7:40 PM

    NFC championship team will come out of the NFC east period ppl plain and simple!

  113. Dad says: Mar 15, 2013 9:08 PM

    It’s not the manhattan project…get over yourself….

  114. jumboli says: Mar 16, 2013 12:03 AM

    The 9ers defense will take a step backward with these signings. The team keeps getting older while the rest of the rest of the division gets younger. If Kap gets injured, like most run option QB’s do, they are done. This is the year when the 9er decline starts.

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