The first week of free agency in the National Football league is winding down. Rumors have run rampant and will continue to do so until the 2014 season offically begins. But as we all consistently check in with our most reliable sources within the NFL to see the latest happenings, take this into account.
Good teams become great by building sustainability through the draft. The most successful teams pick and choose wisely in free agency. They don’t sign every remote name on the market to appease the masses. In today’s salary capped NFL it’s imperative for the San Francisco 49ers to balance many things. The front office needs to know their cap number, assess their personnel, understand expiring contracts, balance each players worth and market value, and that’s just a small portion of it.
It’s not as simple as saying, well we’re weak at cornerback, signing Walter Thurmond is a no-brainer. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. With every bit of sarcasm I can generate, “how much better off would the 49ers be if we could all collectively act as general managers?” Well, with an open checkbook policy and a nonexistent salary cap, they’d have a good chance of being unstoppable. What team wouldn’t? But, that’s not realistic either. It’s the reason why players visit, players leave, and players sign with another team.
In a thorough glance of the 49ers two deep depth chart, 35 of those 44 players were drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. To me, that speaks volumes of the importance of the draft. There’s no possible argument about it. Teams are built and sustained through the NFL Draft.
Is it possible for teams to grab a Super Bowl victory through free agency? Of course it is. In fact, the 1994 49ers are a testament to the possibilities through free agency. That happens to be the same season the salary cap was first introduced into the NFL. It’s also the last year our beloved organization won the Super Bowl. Coincidence? Maybe….maybe not.
But whether you love him or you hate him, 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke and the organization as a whole are doing this thing the right way. They’re once again building a franchise to sustain success for an elongated period of time. In doing things the right way, the 49ers have the chance to add additional Lombardi Trophies into the display case. Who can argue with that?