On the Rise
Please meet the San Francisco 49ers, whose ownership did much more than spend a great deal of loot to fill its decreasing number of holes.
OK, the spending should be investigated and begins with cornerback Nate Clements. Clements left the mighty Buffalo Bills after being wooed by what is believed to be the largest contract ever bestowed upon a free-agent defensive player.
The Niners also wrote a big check for wide receiver Darrell Jackson, who should be a comfort to emerging QB Alex Smith and stud running back Frank Gore.
Another excuse for liking the Niners is their draft, which included linebacker Patrick Willis, athletic offensive lineman Joe Staley and potentially good receiver Jason Hill.
NFL’s risers and fallers – [Fox Sports]