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When I grade big money signings, I like to do it by comparing it to other recent deals given to players at the same position. The middle linebacker position is an especially interesting one. In todayâ€™s NFL, the position is devalued a little as this is a pass friendly league and middle linebackers donâ€™t have as much to do with the passing game as pass rushers and defensive backs. One of the best middle linebackers in the league is Derrick Johnson and he plays on the 1 win Chiefs.
The first big money deal given to a middle linebacker was a deal in May 2010 given to Patrick Willis, a 5 year, 50 million dollar deal with 29 million guaranteed. Also that offseason, DeMeco Ryans and Karlos Dansby were given sizable contracts. Ryans was given 48 million over 6 years with 21.75 million guaranteed, while Dansby got 43 million over 5 years with 22 million guaranteed. Dansby is still with the Dolphins and while he may be a little bit overpaid, the Dolphins probably donâ€™t regret the move. Ryans,...
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In the NFL itâ€™s often said that success is contagious.Â Once a franchise taps into a winning formula, itâ€™s used until the well runs dry.Â This is the case for the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh in 2012.
As everyone knows quarterback Alex Smith has seemingly been replaced as the Niners starting signal caller by the more elusive Colin Kaepernick.Â In doing so...
According to ESPNâ€™s Adam Schefter (via Evan Silva), there are people around the NFL that believe the San Francisco 49ers will stick with Colin Kaepernick as their starting quarterback and not go back to Alex Smith.
Kaepernick was on a conference call yesterday with the St. Louis media.Â That could be a sign that heâ€™ll be starting this week.
I really believe Kaepernick is more...
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick the starter for the third week in a row. It looks as if he will continue as the full-time starter unless he is injured or takes a step back in his production. What will they do with Alex Smith?
The trade deadline has passed and he is still a very valuable back up for this season. Kaepernick is a mobile and running...
Jim Harbaugh announced today that Colin Kaepernick will start this week against the St Louis Rams. Harbaugh said that Colin, I believe has the hot hand and weâ€™ll go with Colin. Of course he finished that sentence with, â€˜and weâ€™ll go with Alex. Both our guys.â€™
This really shouldnâ€™t come as a surprise, the offense under Kaepernick just seems much more explosive. Regardless...
Rams coach Jeff Fisher is the latest person to be critical of 49ers defensive end Justin Smith, making a comment about his technique.
Mike Garafolo ofÂ USA TodayÂ reports that a source has informed him that 49ers RB Kendall Hunter will miss the rest of the 2012 season after he suffered aÂ Â left ankle injury during Sundayâ€™s win over the Saints.
San Francisco also lost WR Kyle Williams for the season after he torn his ACL during the game.
Frank Gore figures to see an increased workload in the coming weeks, but...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at St. Louis.
Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Wednesday that Kaepernick would go over Alex Smith after the second-year pro led the NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) to victories in the past two games, his first two NFL starts.
He says, "Colin we believe has the...
San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is out for the season with an Achilles injury suffered in Sunday's victory over the New Orleans Saints. Hunter and wide receiver Kyle Williams, backups with regular roles in the offense and on special teams were placed on injured reserve. Williams has a torn ACL; Hunter reportedly has a torn left Achilles, an injury the 49ers...
San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter is out for the season with an Achilles tear, the Sacramento Bee confirmed Tuesday.Fantasy Spin:CSN Bay Area expects Brandon Jacobs to get the first chance at replacing Hunter as Frank Gore's backup, with Anthony Dixon and rookie LaMichael James providing depth.