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49ers Sign C Goodwin and LB Costanzo

Posted by Scott Kegley on August 3, 2011 – 3:57 PM

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed C Jonathan Goodwin to a three-year deal. The team also announced they have signed LB Blake Costanzo to a one-year deal.

Goodwin (6-3, 318) was originally drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He has played in 132 games (60 starts) for both the Jets and the New Orleans Saints.

Goodwin signed with the Saints on March 27, 2006, after three seasons with the Jets (2002-05). A Columbia, SC, native, who played in 74 games (47 starts) for the Saints, he started every game at center over the past two seasons. Goodwin was a member of the Saints Super Bowl XLIV championship team and was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl.

Goodwin starred collegiately at Michigan, earning All-Big 10 honors as a senior.

Costanzo (6-1, 235) has played in 45 games, notching 54 tackles, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries on special teams. He joins the 49ers after two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he was tutored by current 49ers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely, who coached the Browns special teams at the time. Costanzo saw action in all 16 games, notching 14 tackles, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble on special teams and was named selected to SI.com’s All-Pro team as a special teamer in 2009. In 2010, he played in 10 games and recorded seven tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams.

Costanzao originally signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and spent time with the Buffalo Bills from 2007-08, playing in 19 games and registering 33 special teams tackles, including a team-high 26 stops in 2008. He was claimed off waivers by Cleveland in June 2009.

Costanzo, 27-year old native of Franklin Lakes, NJ, starred collegiate at Lafayette College and finished his career with 307 tackles, 18 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 12 passes defensed.

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80 Responses to “49ers Sign C Goodwin and LB Costanzo”

  1. By Richard on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    ++ for the pick up on Goodwin faith in the players faith in the team lets land Edwards here tonight!! we need him

  2. By erockez on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    That is a little better as it is addressing some needs. How about a WR? Floyd or Edwards would be nice.

  3. By enixflare on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    finally a center

  4. By enixflare on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Edwards will be a huge boost for the team

  5. By THE-49ERS-MAN on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    If they don’t get a big name fast we are in trouble this season. Im a faithful fan who is done with this Alex Smith bull let’s move on and win some games but i see that will have to be next year. Goodwin is a soild pick up.

  6. By Mason Gillette on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Who are these guys??? Undrafted Free Agents and a center who it appears can’t stay healthy? Not one Big Time player yet. Hell bring T.O. back for all I care we need impact players. Crabtree needs help on the other side of the ball. With keeping Alex Smith in the QB position (Lord help us) he’ll need some more help! Get Edwards man! I some what understand the Center pick up but this LB I am at a loss of understanding. I hope we didn’t let Spikes go for this guy?!

  7. By Micah Notz on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    forget the diva Edwards lets go get Floyd hes a way better bet and way cheaper
    and Goodwin is a pro bowler that is a steller pick our offensive line is stacked

  8. By jack on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    rhis is just what we needed this will help alex smith and the offensive line, both play calling, plus more time to throw the ball lets go niners.

  9. By Micah Notz on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    ummmmm we didnt let spikes go for this guy do you niner fans not remember Navaro Bowman who played only one game last season when spikes was hurt and recorded 15 tackles in one game you all need to do some homework. Our team lost players yes but nothing we cant handle christ have some faith

  10. By Seriously? on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Getting so tired of you complainers. Apparently the season is over already because the 49ers didn’t sign the player you wanted. Oh no. Obviously this offseason hasn’t lived up to your expectations, but then again I’m guessing you aren’t a professional football coach or involved in any way with any organizations. Either am I, but at least I am smart enough not to presume to know the future. Do you honestly think that the 49ers are going to win the superbowl every year? It seems to me that there is only 1 team that wins each year, and it usually isn’t a huge surprise. The 49ers aren’t there yet but they are BUILDING. Sure most of us are tired of this, but it isn’t all about instant gratification. As far as I know, the season doesn’t get played in the offseason though, so stop being so dramatic, be a fan, and wait to see what happens.

  11. By xx49ers4LIFExx on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    What A great pick up at center. I know we are not getting big names but I think we are getting good solid talent who can be coached we do need another wideout and crabs needs to step up. Keep in mind we do have “BIG” name guys on our roster. Willis, Gore, Davis, new addition Akers, If we get to many big names then to much ego these guys are coachable… KEEP THE FAITH BROTHERS!

  12. By Ronald on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    49ers r getting some players for the price of what these big name over paid bumbs want smart move get team players thats the way to go

  13. By Ronald on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    49er OL is stacked now watch and see it will be up there with the best of them they will be damm gd!!!!!!!!

  14. By xx49ers4LIFExx on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Also with this pick up at center that now frees up Snyder who was looking like he was going to play that spot. This Helps our line alot. If we can protect Alex and give him alittle more time in the pocket then he might be able to make better choices! (he was a number1 pick for a reason)

  15. By Joe on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    You are quite the idiot….Costanza was clearly picked up for ST……..(special teams for the late person)

  16. By abe37 on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick up!!! the line backer is for special teams and a back up LB… we still have some good LB there with bowman, willis, Aldon Smith and good Defensive linemen.. I am happy that the niners are making moves… I would love it if the resigned Goldson and went to get Floyd. Im from san diego and i get to see charger games a lot and He would be a good addition! GOOO NINERS!!

  17. By Stuart on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    These are good pickups. A center who can start and allows the OL to truly have 6 players, with Snyder as first back-up. That is a bit thin (need 7 or better 8 legit NFL level OLs). He may not be Baas, but not far off.

    With bowman likely to start, Constanza will be an immediate impact on ST. Remeber you don’t just use FA to sign stars, you are also trying to get as many solid players as you can for the less heralded roles.

    FWIW, I think Clements and Spikes were over paid and well past their prime. Franklin being lost hurts, and we must sign Goldson – Taylor Mays is not the answer. I think DB will be a revolving door all season as we look for guys who can play.

    BTW, the dominance of Aldon Smith and Frank Gore in practice demonstrates the gap between the studs and guys whom we probably should replace. Alot of guys are just bodies.

  18. By steven garcia on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    YORKKK!!!!! Please in the name of baby jesus hook your faithfuls uppppp!!!! Carlos roger is alright, a decent #2 but why settle for that when a shutdown #1 was available, Being teased and mock on espn after failing to sign plax was another painful blow, 49er faitfuls dont want the rumored number one pick, they can keep the luck!!!! we want that nfc west title!!

  19. By Richard Dolce on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Mason Gillete, you are an idiot. What the hell are you talking about? “a center who it appears can’t stay healthy?” Do you not read or are you dyslexic? The article clearly states that Goodwin, “played in 74 games (47 starts) for the Saints, he started EVERY game at center over the past two seasons.”

    Furthermore, if you actually kept with the Niners (or just read the damn article) you would know that Costanzo was brought in for his special teams play, not to replace Spikes. Do u know what team our Special Teams coach came from…..??? Surprise, surprise the BROWNS.

    Learn to read before you rant you idiot. You make Niner fans look like retards

  20. By alfonso on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply


  21. By ac on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick up. I’m glad the niners are staying true and not reaching in the FA market. This is and will be a transition year. Hopefully we’ll get some of the young guys from last year and this year’s draft to step up and continue building. It doesnt make sense to throw a pile of money at a player who is getting close to 30 yrs old like most of the big name FA that was in the market. I’m excited to see a few players who hopefully will start for us: Reggie Williams, Taylor Mays, Navaro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith. Goodwin will be solid for us so will Snyder. WR position worries me the most, there are only 2 options, Floyed and Edwards. Both I think will be serviceable but Alex Smith is not known for his deep ball.

  22. By mike49er on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    we dont need to go get any BIG name players, all big name players bring is dissapointment and large salaries which in the new cba is not a good thing. PEOPLE YOU NEED TO REALIZE THAT GETTING BIG NAME FREE AGENTS DONT TRANSLATE INTO VICTORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! stop beig stupid, your making 49ers fans look like idiots. all we need is to keep drafting well and keep who we already have (unless there too old and want to much money for what they do a.k.a nate clements and a. franklin. from what i gather we are no further from winning the nfc west as any other team in the division.

  23. By 4th and 1 on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    heeeey…I like it.

  24. By akuma on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Im a faithfull 49er fan also and have been for years and i don’t understand nothing there doing. We need all 3 guys you just named in order to compete in our division and in the league, we’vegot the money to sign owens, edwards,and floyd were not paying nobody and got the money and i 100% agree we need to get rid of smith and start kapernick I beeen saying since he was drafted that smith was a bust and it clearly show there no reason to keep him he cant put to wining games together and hes had 2 of the best offensive cordinter to ever coah in mike martz and norv turner he has no excuse and harbaugh is making a career mistake by keeping him.also theres still good corners out the and we not doing nothing. and if your gonna keep smith this year you need to have a wr core that so good that he cant lose and that includes signing all the guys i just named and we have the money to do so.

  25. By akuma on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    and look at these old washed up cb they sighninh rodger he has played on 3 teams and cant keep a job. there a reason why he keeps getting cut hes slow and has no vertical and cant tackle. we need some real impact talent even if that means tradeing our picks for next year we dont need em anyway we have drafted no-one in the last 5 years worth anything anyway andwere not going to get luck next year so whats the point of keeping em

  26. By JB on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Making a big FA signing just to make one doesn’t make any sense. Throwing big money at FA’s that have 1-2 years productivity left just because of their name is stupid. They have the talent in the club to be successful, all they have to do is replace some of their losses. The depth that they have in house should be enough to get them through in most cases, with the exception of WR. However, bringing in too many new offensive players is going to be counter-productive as they won’t have had any time with the playbook. Say what you want about Alex Smith, but he has had more time with this playbook than any other player on the team – he is set up the best to succeed.

  27. By T-nig on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Goodwin will fit well, O-Line is stacked now. lets go get Floyd! and if we can’t get him lets get Edwards

  28. By Richard on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I really think we should get Randy Moss!! Trust me on this. Sign him to a 2 year deal and we are all set for a playoff run!

  29. By Dontez on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Costanzo was an all PRO special teamer..we need guys to play special teams which is a very huge aspect of footballl that goes unnoticed by the casual fan..so this is a great pickup for special teams purposes. We need to have more faitih in our coaching staff and trust that we finally have some competence ..I remember Harbaugh doing the unexpected while at Stanford..I have all the faith and confidence that Harbaugh will lead us to more wins. One or two wins over the past two seasons and we are in the playoffs..Once you get in the playoffs anything is possible.

  30. By PAniners on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a fan all my life but this offseason has been nothing short of depressing. It was exciting to see harbaugh get hired but not in a million years did i think alex smith would be back, let alone the starter. The draft was disappointing and free agency has been even worse. The only changes made was the release of some of our defense, which was a pretty good defense, along with letting franklyn get away. All of these players have been replaced on the roster by rookies or someone i’ve never heard of. Even now there are still holes to fill. Harbaugh better make magic happen. Was gonna buy tickets to 3 games but holding off. Tired of paying to watch them lose.

  31. By huhh on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    @akuma Rodgers runs a 4.44 40, how is that slow?

  32. By Jason on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    If anyone out there wants “full of himself” Owens back on this team, then either they are too young to remember what a pain Owens was (and probably still is), or they aren’t true 49er fans. Also, one big name or two doesn’t win championships. It’s a team in general.

  33. By Jason on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hey this is good… No big names BUT filling necessary gaps… Remember Harbaugh is here for 5 years at least and he said they would be patient… They will evaluate and there will be big names to come in the future… I’ll bet by Harbaughs 3rd year The 9ers will be consistently winning the NFC west again.. I know its hard to be patient cause we’ve been patient for far too long but I think its finally going to pay off… Go Niners!!!!!!!

  34. By MikeT40 on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Nice loving whats going with the 9ers…. Frank back in practice and the team has made some quality signs without getting enveloped in long term deals… C Jonathan Goodwin is a great pick up who will bring a winning attitude to the line and looking at the line with this plug there is a lot of reasons to be optimistic for a much improved O-line in 2011. Chilo and Iupati are young and powerful guards, Adams should take a leap forwarded. and if not Bone might take it over or aleast rotate and Synder can play every where if Staley can stay healthy we might end up with a top 10 O-line….. I would love it if we went after Lenord Davis

  35. By Cornelius on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    This is so much better we got Carlos Rogers and Goodwin is a great pick up.
    If we get edwards or flyod our team will be on a great pace to make some noise this year. Plus alex smith is not our future Kapernick is so let’s go 49ers!!!!

  36. By chazz on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    i believe that today we finally saw a great leap in the signing of both goodwin and rogers. we have a center we can have faith in and a good corner to pick up the slack. as long as we STAY AWAY from game costing and dropping Terrible Owens we will be okay. Braylon Edwards would be a huge bonus and the biggest hope too win the division this year. Have Faith it is possible.

  37. By JOHN on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply


  38. By Matt H. on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been a little nervous by the Niners lack of activity in FA, but Goodwin and Rogers are solid and probably less costly than keeping Baas and Clements. If we can get a decent WR I’ll be happy. Let’s see what Harbaugh can do. My guess is 8-8 this year and A. Smith will be better than most think. We don’t need big names, we need good player and to build through the draft. With the new rookie pay scale that will be big in the coming years.

  39. By rogercraig on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Now, if we only had an experienced, competent QB.

  40. By dustin on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was worried losing clements I would rather have him then no one,carlos rogers is definitely an up grad.a 3-4 defense doesn’t work without a solid nose takle not happy about losing franklin. why goldson though whyyyy!!!!

  41. By Cade on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    New Campaign to begin this season, Fock Luck!!! Kaepernick is gonna be a freak in this league for years to come. Cowherd is saying 0-16 is the goal for the Niners, Clayton is giving us an F for the offseason. Can’t wait till Harbaugh has these nut huggers groveling for forgiveness! Go Niners!

  42. By Cade on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Oh and by the way, the Costanzo pick up could be because he is a special teams beast!!!

  43. By kinglos34 on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    we deep with some big lb’s and all we need is that good combination. brooks, willis, bowman, and the rookie smith to start and rotate the rest. we got this.

  44. By cj on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    really cant stay healthy learn how to read

  45. By Ali on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Guys trust me alex smith will be way better dont forget about coach harbaugh when he played qb he was great and he will teach alex smith how to become better so give alex smith another chance to improve because now we got a good coach

  46. By Bryce Sidney on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    I got your back on this one Cade, we are NOT throwing away the season for Luck, we bringing in solid people if anything the close competition is going to make the few leaders and play makers stand out, and those who don’t will make our special teams great! We needed and experienced C and now we got one to make sure Sydner doesn’t goof off, and last time I check, theres a super bowl ring on his finger, that means something, he know’s what it takes, when you can be the man that blocked for Brees, and be the guy to make sure he didn’t end up on his azz to make all those great throws Brees made, you have my vote.

  47. By Homie G on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Ok all you Faithful dont get to depressed about the lack of FA signings.. My feeling is that we are saving money for next year and going with what we have this year so we can move up to the #1 spot next year and grab Luck. It may sound like a Pipe Dream but remember you all saw it here first. This year at times will be frustrating to watch but keep the faith,Harbaugh will get the ship righted once again…

  48. By Cs singh on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Parays Haralson, Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Navarro Bowman, Amad Brooks, Larry Grant, Antwan Applewhite, and Blake Costanzo, and Kristic…. Good starters and dept, if the 49ers are set at one position its the linebacker core….

  49. By Curtis on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Braylon Edwards has to become a 49ers so Vernon Davis and Gore has help on offense come on and make the deal tonight please!!!!!!! 49ers for life!

  50. By Cs singh on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    oh yea I forgot to mention Thaddeus Gibson and Scott Mckillop

  51. By Ryan on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Have fatith people!!! remember last yr we started 0-5 finish 6-10 so we can only look up. Everybody picked us last yr to runb away with the div. but we sucked it up! this yearv we may not have picked up big name FA but we’ll see what happens…. Oh ya pick up Edwards pls……..

  52. By Jose on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Niners fans don’t forget there’s another good receiver still out there that we can pick up and it’s S. Smith who played for the NY. Giants last year remember he was having a great season before he got injured close to the end of the season.

  53. By 9ersInDallas on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    You guys need to get off of Alex Smith. The guy has the vitale characteristics of a starting QB! He is resilient, confident, mentally tough, and true to his team and never backs away from his commitment to himself and the team! Most of you would quit and go work somewhere else if you took the scrutiny that he takes year in and year out, from fans, and fellow players. The dude is unshakeable and you think some other qb is out there just waiting? Look, he has had some great football minds evaluate him and talk with him and watch him work over his career and they all saw something special in this guy. He can do it. Let the man stay verticle and give him some targets to hit and I know the playoffs are a realistic goal this season! Alex Smith does not suck at all. He needs a guy like Coach H and some consistency and health because he has the tools there and obviously he has the heart and mind to get it done

  54. By shaun on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    one word explains the season alex smith nuff said HE IS A BUM

  55. By niner4life on Aug 3, 2011 | Reply

    you know how i feel!

  56. By NorthLongBeach49erFanSinceBirth on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    YA DONT KNOW FOOTBALL dont listen to the t.v. we have the most stakced and deep offensive line in the nfc west with the new addition. we still got the best defense in the nfc west we are still predicted to win the nfc west as long as alex smith plays a full season mind you are schedule is alot easier than last year. lets save money, go to the playoffs, and wait till next yr till where players are intersted into signig with us. learn from philadelphia. and dont listen to nfl network. actually read blogs from real high paid analyst and sport writers

  57. By Wags1989 on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    I still have faith in Alex. Good solid line this year and not the worst wr’s. I like Morgan and crabtree. Don’t forget we have walker and Vernon too. We don’t need a wr. I think we have a great team for this year. Coach Jim gives drive to the players. Let Alex smith take the helm and give Colin time to devolpe. Don’t start him and throw him to the lions like we did with Alex from the get go. Have faith 49er faithful!

  58. By Lovemymelba on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    I am so tired of all the negative fans out there. What is that going to do for you? Just make you age faster! I am in a sit back and let the season unfold mode. Not that worried about what is going to happen. Yes, I want the 9ers to win but I am a realist. I think we have a chance at the West but lets just see what happens. Does anyone remember the year the 9ers won their first Superbowl? Really, were they a team pack with superstars? Not really, so lets just see what happens with this season. I am sure Jim Harbaugh will get the best he can out of what he has! Have some faith all you faithless!!!!!!

  59. By lance lucas on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hey akuma, apparently you don’t know football that much. Carlos Rogers has only played for the redskins and has been a solid starter since he came into the league. As a niner fan my whole life, I wish the rest of the niner faithful would actually have faith. I say we add Kelvin Hayden to add 1 more CB, then go after Floyd or Steve Smith to strengthen the WR position.

  60. By Arthur Thomas on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply


  61. By natedawg on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Good boys! Keep em coming! We need that #1 receiver because Crabtree does nothing but whine. Lets get workhorse, preferably someone with some size/speed to clear out the safteys, and let Davis pick them apart in the middle.
    Pretty sure Malcolm Floyd from SD is 6″5 and still out there, maybe Braylon Edwards, I’d take t.o/moss at this point! DO something boys!

  62. By briank1ne on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    its hard not to be better than last season. keep faith guys. We will be fine. We got the best free agent. Jim Harbaugh.

  63. By matt23 on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    This is a little more like it too (especially the Center), but I’ll repeat myself:
    Listen you all calling us whiners: why do you think we are so bummed? Because we bleed gold & red too! The way the front office has run this team for the past 10 years is outright disgraceful, period. I really do believe they’ve chosen to wing this season so they can get #1 pick and re-unite Coach H with his last QB – another year of suffering in the meanwhile is hard to look forward to. How many times did Willis say Franklin is the one who made him an all-pro by taking out his blocker at line and now we just shrug Franklin off and hope Ricky can do the job – ouch! In all honesty, this is worse than the dry period of the late 70′s when it seemed like management didn’t know what they were doing then…Eddie/Bill/George: we need you (bad)!!! Help!
    As for Edwards, please don’t poison our team with his toxic personality. We have good receivers, we need a QB who can get them the ball consistently, not just a game or quarter here & there. And we need a better O line and D secondary – then we’d be on top of NFC West. I can’t believe the Rams have turned their team around before we could – disgraceful…
    Go Niners, but if you start 0-8, 1-7, 2-6 the season will be over for me in early Nov (again) – ouch! (again)…

  64. By Swyft on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    PLEASE sign TO he is a great receiver still and an cheap one!!!!!!!!!

  65. By fredammer on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    yes we need good wide receivers if the 49ers are expecting to win the nfc west we need to get the right players and a good quater back

  66. By Rickniner on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Ok here is the way it is the niners should be ok on D, sure we lost a few guys but they were aging and slowing prodution wise. so we added Aldon Smith i think he could eventually replace Spikes. Adding two veterans in the secondary is a good move and the addition of Goodwin is great. The best option right now For QB is Alex Smith. He knows the team and has been there before and really is the only QB on the roster that is not a rookie. There is no way Kaepernick will be ready to play in this short amount of time. Niners need a deep threat and a corner. Our offense is west coast and relies heavily on Tight End Which i think we have two of the fastest and best in the league so Crabtree will be our other quick threat all we need is a stretch guy to take advantage of all those short quick plays we will be running.

  67. By Roy Valdez on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Edwards and Floyd would be Great Pick Ups for the 49ers and having them both would go along way in opening up things in the middle for Davis to run wild!!! Then you have Gore gouging team up the middle!!! Who do you defend then??? Crabtree and Morgan have been way too inconsistant to be anything other than backups at this point!!!! While the signing of Goodwin is positive, they really need to focus on getting someone to catch the damm ball and keeping a OC in place for longer than 1 season!!!! You blame Smith for his short comings, But you try learning a different Offense every year and see how far you get and the numbers you produce!!!! if you ever played a sport, then you would not be so critical of someone whom is trying to do his best with what he has been given!!!

  68. By Smart_Niners_fan on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    At first I Honestly thought it might be true. Niners could possibly be throwing away the season to grab Andrew Luck. and Hey as a true niner fan if thats your plan go for it!.. but its apparent thats not there plan, they let go of clements, (Smart move), got rid of Franklin (franklin was good but getting old and to much money probably to bring back when we have issac soopaga, and jean frac.. how ever u say his name lol whow will fill the void just fine). Lawson i rooted for, but just never produced like we had hoped n planned. time to give aldon smith that job.. soo whats the niners Question marks?? most people including myself would say Defensive Backfield, center position, QB, and WR. which seems to be alot of holes.. well alll of a sudden the niners Signed Carlos Rodgers CB, who is a good Cover Corner back with apparently Brick hands.. hell im fine with that! as long as he makes plays on the ball thats an upgrade. we god goodwin. UPGRADE. (now we have staley, iupati, goodwin, and hopefully rachal.davis will come around).. and are apparently after Edwards/Floyd. either way they go will be a HUGE boost to the offense. Now the only hole in my eyes is the QB. and niners have Faith Coach Harbough will have a plan with him and can produce.. if not im lovin what i see from C.K so far..so ninerss they are not throwing away the season.. HAVE FAITH thats why we are all part of the NINER FAITHFUL BABY!… good luck this season!

  69. By Steve on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Alex Smith doesn’t have the arm strength to be a good QB in this league, plain and simple; but we can win football games with him, if he can just manage games. That’s all I ask now that he’s not being paid like the #1 pick anymore.

    Definitely should have resigned Franklin, but I can buy that Sopoaga and Jean-Francois can get it done.

    Goldson to Williams is a downgrade, but Clements to Rodgers is an upgrade. Manny Lawson is too weak–Aldon will more than fill his role. Bowman is younger and faster than Takeo (who doesn’t know what winning is anyways).

    I really like the O-line and our offense has weapons…maybe we just need one more receiver. A big guy who runs like a gazelle and can stretch the field vertically. That way Veron, Frankie, Jr, and Crabs can eat defenses up underneath. Malcom Floyd is the obvious choice there. Forget Braylon, San Fran already has a diva receiver.

    Overall, the roster might have different names, but the team is just as talented as last year. We got out of the gates slow last year and lost a lot of close games, and some how managed to only fall a game away from the playoffs. With the new and improved coaching staff along with the right kind of fan support we should be able to make it this season.

    The rest of the NFC West isn’t that far ahead of us, and we have a light schedule–please don’t boo our players this year.

  70. By Red&Gold 4 life on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Before we start making predictions on our team having the first pick in next years draft let’s see what our new coach can do with the team. Don’t forget last year the Bucs hired a new coach and almost got them in the playoffs with a roster full of young guys I never even heard of. And of course the one that sticks in my mind is how Bill Walsh ( The greatest coach of all time ) took our mediocre team from the bottom of the league to Superbowl champions, and he did it with a hall of fame quarterback he picked up in the 3rd round.

  71. By robert on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    I am tired of alex smith he will never take the team to the playoffs he’s a bum an always will be we need another exsplosive reciver to take the double team pressure of crabtree braylon or floyd i perfer floyd hell could have gotten sidney rice but screwed the pooch an let seattle snag him costonzo decent lb but goodman was good pick up but damn gona end up playing way to many rooks kiss another year of playoffs goodbye long as the yorks an ballkke are running the team the 49ers will never ever see another superbowl again i been a fan of the 49ers fan since ya tittle john brodie days so i seen the ups an downs this not backyard football gentleman its time to get rid of the bum get a real quater back an another damn reciver an couple explosive cb’s while your added there is to many would’a could’a with this team just gona sit back an support the players cos i am true 49er faithful but so damn discussted with the front office with jed york an that worthless gm ballkke running the team cos they sure don’t know what the hell there doin enough said i pray they read this an gets thru to them that they need to wake the hell up an do somthing thats positive for the team an the fans that day happens i think time would actually stop an us the fans would actually go into shock an need electric shock to get our hearts started again this all i have to say go niners!.

  72. By Hermie on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Finally the front office has signed a couple of players that can help our team immediately. We needed the center and qa DB that could replace Clements and I believe Rogers can do that adequately. I also understand the need to sign you players and build the team…but you can do this simultaneously. You hope to hit on a couple of young guys (ala Hicks and Wright), but don’t forget, they also were bringing in veterans at that time i.e., Haley, Board, Francis to name a few (you younger guys can look them up).

    I liked how Brandon Lloyd summed it up (leading receiver on the Bronco’s last year by the way) “We’ve got Tim Rattay, who can play in this league and deliver tha ball and they get rid of him to play Alex Smith…As a veteran you say, you are just going to s— on our season to develop for the future?” I am hoping we can win this year so we don’t lose our main stays i.e., Willis, Justin, Gore…

    I anticipate that we will see CK before the end of the year. And, I don’t believe they are tanking the season, because I do believe Harbaugh thinks he has a QB in CK!!

  73. By Smart_Niners_fan on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    AYE NINERS SIGNED SAFTEY DONTE WHITNER! ninerss making moves, Buttt i here mays is on th block.. not sure if i like that very much… should keep him and let him develop in my mind

  74. By NUT UP 49ERS on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    dont give up 9er fans …..just keep the faith my friends its been tough tough as hell but we cant stay down forever its coming so dont down the team …please dont dont down alex things will get better its already been worse…… P/S ….. go 9ers sho some love thats if u love them 49ers like me & some others here …now is not the time to criticise lets appreciate the fact that there is football 49ers true fans support the org …keep the faith love the game we cant loose all the time . remember before montana 9ers were loosers like now so all im saying is keep the faith be thankful peace to all GO 9ERS GO GO GO DO IT

  75. By lance lucas on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Just got Braylon Edwards. Niners got a good player at a reasonable price. Now, hopefully this will cheer up the negative fans. Heard we got Whitner too

  76. By johnnywar on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    welcome back baalke how was vacation ?

  77. By kinglos34 on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    its a wrap for goldson we signed donte whitner away from the bengals.

  78. By zilla414 on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Goodwin won a SUPERBOWL and made the PROBOWL last season. He has also started his last 37 games.

    Good pick-up.

  79. By righteous514 on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    One side effect of a new coaching staff there isn’t emotions attached to certain players. So that why numerous defensive starters are gone. Spikes is getting older… but with the dominance of Willis and the ability of the young guys… there is no drop off at LB. But quality depth is needed. Veteran lineman, especially at center, especially a Pro Bowl center from a championship team, is a substancial addition to the line. With the those big young guys and Gore and Smith will benefit from that greatly. Whitners ability is greater than Goldsons. He had a ton of tackles last year. Same with Madieu Williams. I hope Mays isn’t dealt though. I think our team got better overall especially with the signing of Edwards. Maybe him, Crabs, and Davis can wreak havoc

  80. By Wil Northup on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    With all the latest FA pickups which was done in the last week, I now have hope for this season, nice job guys!!

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