The Inconvenient Truth about being an old runningback in the NFL

Another blog about another #21 in the bay area, Frank Gore. Apparently he plans to hold out of camp and the season in search for a new contract. He’s on his last year, and he’s almost 30. As everyone knows, 30 is around that time when runningbacks in the NFL plummet in their usefulness. In fact, the San Francisco 49ers haven’t even been able to reach him since the lockout has lifted. The star offensive player on your team has gone AWOL? Well…

Gore has been a steal for the 49ers since they drafted him out of the University of Miami in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In six seasons Gore has pushed his way towards the top of the 49ers rushing record book with 6,414 yards and 35 touchdowns. He has been integral in the passing game with 270 receptions and 2,283 receiving yards. Continue reading “The Inconvenient Truth about being an old runningback in the NFL” The Inconvenient Truth ab…

A new #21 cornerback on the 49ers? Yes, please!

I for one would love to see Nnamdi in the red & gold. Where do I sign up? It’s not that he’s 30 and in his prime, nor that he is a two-time First-Team All-Pro with three Pro Bowls on his resume. It’s that Nnamdi Asomugha represents something the Niners haven’t had since 1994 with Deion Sanders : A shutdown corner.

In Asomugha’s case, after his eight-interception season in 2006, opposing offensive coordinators decided that ignoring Asomugha was more beneficial than challenging him. In the next four seasons he had one interception per in ’07-’09 and none in 2010; proof that rarely did he get challenged. The last 49er cornerback with that pedigree was Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson from the 1960s and 1970s (which I’ve met and have an autograph of!).  Continue reading “A new #21 cornerback on the 49ers? Yes, please!” A new #21 cornerback on t…

From Favre to McNabb, the Vikings love those veteran quarterbacks

As if the purple-and-yellow didn’t have enough bad veteran play with Brett Favre, here they go again. The Washington Redskins have reportedly agreed to the framework of a trade that would send quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings. The Redskins would receive a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013 in return.However, the deal is contingent on McNabb restructuring his contract.

 

The Vikings had long been mentioned as the team with the most interest in McNabb, and the quarterback also had a desire to play for Minnesota, which runs a system that is very similar to the one he ran for 11 seasons in Philadelphia. But it was always believed that in order for a trade to be completed, the quarterback would have to agree to rework his contract. The Redskins last November gave the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback a contract extension that included a $3.5 million bonus for the 2010 season. They would have had to pay him a $10 million bonus if he still was on the roster the day after the first game of the 2011 season.  Continue reading “From Favre to McNabb, the Vikings love those veteran quarterbacks” From Favre to McNabb, the…