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"Nate Clements cut"It’s official. Nate Clements is an ex-San Francisco 49er.
This move could set the stage for the arrival of this year’s prize free agent, CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Reports suggest that the ‘Niners, Jets and Texans are in a three-horse race for the services of (arguably) the games best cover corner. Asomugha, a Bay Area native, should make a decision in the near future that will set the market value for remaining free agent CBs, setting off a flurry of action as teams move quickly to obtain the likes of Johnathan Joseph, Antonio Cromartie and Richard Marshall. Stay tuned.

NFC West Free Agency Update

Posted by Brad On July – 26 – 2011
It’s Official: “Teflon” Alex Smith Re-ups with 49ers
Alex Smith has reportedly signed a one-year deal worth roughly $5 million to stay on as the QB in San Francisco. As NFL’s Future touched on in our recent article about Harbaugh and Smith, the table seems to be set for an all-time NFL redemption story if Harbaugh’s faith in Smith proves to be justified.
Are Teams Cooling to Kolb?

Interesting moves in San Francisco and Seattle today. Of equal interest is the “process of elimination” happening with Kevin Kolb as a result of today’s QB carousel. It appears that the Seahawks and ‘Niners are out of the running for Kolb’s services. Only a few weeks ago, it seemed a mortal lock that Kolb would find his new address in the NFC West, but should Arizona decide to go with a more economical option at QB, like Kyle Orton, what becomes of the Eagles’ backup? Has Andy Reid overestimated Kolb’s trade value? Are teams just not sold on Kolb’s NFL body of work? Stay tuned.

Rams Quietly Get A Lot Better With Mikell

The Rams’ signing of safety Quintin Mikell to a 4-year deal will likely be little more than an afterthought at the end of a very busy day in NFL news. Don’t tell that to Steve Spagnuolo, who’s surely thrilled to get a rock-solid, consistent (at least 74 tackles in the past four seasons) enforcer at (arguably) the Rams’ weakest position. Mikell is familiar with Spags’ scheme from their time together in Philadelphia, so he should make a seamless transition into the starting lineup and be productive right from Jump Street. St. Louis GM Bill Devaney is quietly building a winner.

Harbaugh Casts His Lot With Alex Smith

Posted by Brad On July – 26 – 2011


"Relationship between Alex Smith and Jim Harbaugh"It’s been no secret that the 49ers would sign embattled QB Alex Smith as soon as the dust settled on a new labor agreement, but even after Monday’s announcement that Smith plans to sign a contract “as quickly as possible”, it’s still hard to fathom. Few fans would have believed that Smith would still be under center for the ‘Niners in 2011 had you told them last season, when a normally docile San Francisco fan base was booing Smith without mercy seemingly every time he stepped onto the field.

While the grand slam signing of Jim Harbaugh has brought hopes of a return to glory for this once-proud franchise, GM Trent Baalke and Harbaugh could be setting themselves up for a very short honeymoon in ‘Frisco should Smith continue to disappoint. Considering that Smith is the only QB in San Francisco who had the chance to work with Harbaugh before the lockout and digest the playbook, it’s a risk the S.F. brain trust almost had to take for any chance at success this season.

During his early NFL playing days, Harbaugh was a much-maligned QB in Chicago, where he often found himself on the receiving end of one of Mike Ditka’s legendary tongue-lashings. The Singletary/Smith sideline eruptions of 2010 are eerily similar, so one can’t help but think that maybe Harbaugh sees a little bit of himself in Smith. If Smith can turn his career around with a great 2011 season, it would serve as redemption for both student and teacher, while ranking as one of the best NFL comeback stories in recent memory. Conversely, if Smith follows his career trend and lays an egg, it will be just another reminder to 49ers’ fans of “what could have been”, had the ‘Niners drafted Bay Area native Aaron Rodgers, and not Smith, with the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

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