IF I WAS TERRY DONAHUE PART I:
THE EXPANSION DRAFT
January, 21 2002
Hi Niner fans, Last season you may remember my ‘if I was Bill Walsh’ section, in which I expressed who I felt the niners should draft and why. This created a lot of controversy in which I received many E-mails, some praising me, others thanking me that I wasn’t the 49ers GM. Well this time I’m expanding this section, doing the expansion draft first, followed by free agents and the draft. Another change is the 49er Clubhouse’s new forum room, so every niner fan can have their say and every other niner fan can read their say and respond.
Firstly the basics of the expansion
What I’ll be focusing on is reducing the salary cap with two obvious nominations, and other players that may be just squeezed out due to inexperience, injury or too many players at their position.
Well enough of that, let’s dive right into it!
All the best, Rob Baker, 49ers Clubhouse
Dave Costa OG
A rookie Free Agent could be replaced
Reggie McGrew DT
This pre-season wrapped up his fate
in my opinion. He needs as much practice as possible, he has the talent,
he just need something to bring it out. With Dana Stubblefield back at
the niners, hopefully (fingers crossed) Junior Bryant, Pro-Bowler Bryant
Young and rookie John Schlect, there isn’t a place for him and his contract,
which is a high first rounder’s contract, and basically he doesn’t deserve
a minimum wage contract in my opinion.
Anthony Parker CB
I like Anthony Parker, he has great
height, good speed and should challenge for Jason Webster’s starting spot
and I’d take him out of the draft pool so quickly if another niner was
taken. So if I like him so much, why would I nominate him? Well basically
he’s too often injured, and a player on the sidelines is really pointless
keeping around. That’s basically it. In three seasons, he’s had the chance
to play in 48 games, 49 including playoffs, he’s played 21. He hasn’t given
any sign to show that he’s not injury prone, so why waste a roster spot
on someone that is under 50% of the time fit? Really this is a pick that
if he’s taken, good for him, he’ll have a new start at a new team, if he’s
not picked, good, he’ll have an opportunity to prove he’s not injury prone
JJ Stokes WR
Seven seasons, four season in which
he’s started over 50% of the games he’s played. 1000 yard seasons: none.
Ten TDs or more in a season: none. Over 65 receptions: none. And this guy
is worth his contract? HELL NO!!!!! If he was getting paid much less and
expected to be a backup WR, yes, keep him. But one of the best outcomes
of an expansion draft is teams easing their salary cap woes, and if Houston
are nice enough to take him, there will be no cap penalties, and with the
money the niners were paying him, we could pick up quite a nice Free Agent.
Justin Swift TE
With Greg Clark 100% fit next season, and Eric Johnson being the surprise packet of the season, there isn’t mush room left. What I’d like to see is Brian Jennings being worked on more to be the 3rd string TE, and that leaves out Justin Swift.
Tell us what you think on the new 49ers Clubhouse message board.