Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday, February 6, 2021
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman was the latest to weigh in on how he feels about Jimmy Garoppolo. Plus, the passing of Charle Krueger, a Wentz trade, draft prospects, and why a deal for Kirk Cousins may not make sense for the Niners.
“He’s done it, so it’s not like he needs to do something entirely different from what he’s done,”
“He’s already done what he needs to do to get that done.”
“I think people kind of lose perspective and lose sight with that what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of deal,” Sherman said. “But he’s done a ton and he just had some unfortunate injury luck, which happens in this game. And that has slowed down his progress.”
Former defensive tackle Charlie Krueger, one of only 12 players in 49ers’ franchise history with his number retired, died Friday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Krueger was 84.
Krueger died in Contra Costa County, California, of heart and kidney failure.
He spent his entire 15-year career with the 49ers, earning two Pro Bowl berths and two All-Pro honors from 1959-73. The 49ers made him the eighth overall choice in 1958 after he twice earned All-America honors at Texas A&M while playing for Bear Bryant.
Krueger was among the last linemen to wear a single-bar facemask, and in 1973, Sports Illustrated featured him in a story titled “The Last of the Old Leather.”
“(Wentz) is one of the better quarterbacks in this league,” Shanahan said. “He was the best player in the league the year they won the Super Bowl. I think he’s done a lot of good things since. I know his numbers aren’t great this year and I know a lot of people are saying things about him, but when I watched the film, I’d see Carson Wentz. He’s a guy who can make a lot of plays. He’s very hard to take down, he’s got a strong arm, he competes as much as anyone in this league. I’ve got a ton of respect for him. He’s a hell of a quarterback and I know how this league feels about him.”
Sounds like Shanahan would at least consider trading the 12th pick in the upcoming draft for Wentz, doesn’t it?
Here are eight reasons he shouldn’t:
The next player is Syracuse cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu.
Melifonwu recorded 54 tackles, three for a loss, a sack, an interception, and six passes defensed through 10 games as a junior this past season.
Both defensive line and cornerback could be positions targeted by the 49ers in the draft. The latter position group is scheduled to lose several players to free agency. Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams, Jason Verrett, Ahkello Witherspoon, and others all played this past season on the final year of their contracts.
Assume the Vikings do want to move Cousins because they feel a first-round pick would be worth the dead money. San Francisco more than likely wouldn’t be willing to put their No. 12 pick on the table for him the same way they weren’t willing to for Stafford. And even if they were, his cap hit in 2022 is due to balloon up above $30 million. That’s a steep price to pay for what might only be a marginal upgrade.
Rumors of the 49ers’ interest in Cousins were always sketchy, and given the full picture on top of Schefter’s comments, it’s hard to imagine any substantial talks have or will happen between San Francisco and Minnesota.