49ers Come Out Swinging
For what seems the first time in a long time, the 49ers came out swinging on the first day of free agency. I guess $30+ million will do that to you. On a day when all thoughts were that the 49ers would sign Adalius Thomas, the 49ers went a different way. Instead of showing Thomas the money, they made cornerback Nate Clements the highest paid defensive back in the league, they awarded Clements an eight year, $80 million deal with $22 million of it guaranteed.
They didn’t stop there however, they proceeded to strengthen their secondary by acquiring former Eagles safety Michael Lewis. The deal reportedly is a six year deal, with at least $10 million in guarantees. After those two signings you figured they were done for the day, right? Wrong. The latest reports are the 49ers and Ravens defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin have agreed to a 3-year, $6 million contract that includes a $3 million signing bonus.
Three player visits, three signings. So far the 49ers are batting 1.000 and the latest reports to end the day are that the 49ers are interested in Dolphins linebacker Donnie Spragan, and all signs are pointing to them landing him as well.
All I have to say is I can’t wait to see what days two and three bring for us.