Reasons Manning to 49ers doesn't work

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Reasons Manning to 49ers doesn't work

Here are some reasons why Peyton Manning cannot grant you your wish and become the next 49er quarterback, starting with the most obvious one of all.You cant buy everything you see in the store window, damn it. And if you could have one thing, wouldnt you rather have Larry Fitzgerald anyway?Thats the first problem with the Manning-as-a-49er scenario. It distracts their fans from the teams more obvious needs you know, the ones that kept them from winning the NFC Title Game.RELATED: Irsay cuts Manning loose after 14 seasons with Colts
And if you think the 49ers didnt win that game because of Alex Smith, youre nuts.But lets not rehash January again, as much fun as it might be for you. This is about the here and now, and why Manning isnt really as good an idea for the 49ers as you think it is.Manning is a gamble, and an expensive one at that. If he can come back from three neck surgeries at age 36 and be the quarterback he was at Indianapolis, swell. But theres no way to know that now, when the decision must be made, and if he cant make the comeback, or if hes less than he was at the height of his powers, then the 49ers have just Zitod their roster.RELATED: Peyton Manning career stats news
With all due respect to Barry Zito, who never ordered the Giants to shovel all that money at him, and has never mailed it in despite the struggles and abuse he has taken. He, in his own way, has been a pretty good servant of the club.Pardon the digression, but this is an important point. The 49ers cannot fast-forward this decision to August, when they would presumably have a good idea of what Manning could and couldnt do. They have to spend this money now, and on faith, in a sport where everyone gets hurt, and the older you are, the more easily hurt you become.And they cannot buy Mannings resume, which as weve said is of the highest quality. It is hard to make the case that he will be as he was at 31, because it cant be made. He was on a different team, with different skills and different coaching. This is a wildly different situation, in short; the 49ers are not as good at this moment as the Colts were in their heyday, so comparisons between then and now are essentially valueless.Next, Manning and Jim Harbaugh are both headstrong offensive minds, used to running their own shops. They could get along swimmingly; neither is completely inflexible.But Harbaugh got Alex Smith to trust him implicitly, while Manning, with more of a body of work behind him, is likelier to say, Thanks, but I prefer to trust me. Navigating that clash of shields will not be easy. It can be done if both men want to be pragmatists, and signing Manning to the kind of jack he will command will give him throw-weight Smith never had, but dont be fooled into thinking it will be an easy transition.There is also the danger, which cannot really be quantified, that Harbaugh, having bought into Smith as much as Smith bought into him, might look a bit disingenuous to other players if he were to chuck Smith after the season Smith gave him.It would hollow his words of belief in the quarterback nobody else believed in, and part of Harbaughs coaching gift is that he can get players to believe he will sell out for them. If he is seen to have sold Smith out instead, especially for the great unknown of Peyton Manning, his next selling job wont be so easy.On the list of reasons not to chase Manning, this last one is the least convincing, but it is a brick in the wall, and when youre talking about buying Peyton manning, every possibility must be considered and ranked accordingly.This isnt an easy call to be sure, because Manning is a pretty glittery prize. Between his age, injury history, the glitter that will have to go his way, and the timing in which the decision must be made however, the reasons not to have him are more compelling than the reasons to have him.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

C.J. BEATHARD
Position: Quarterback
College: Iowa
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
Selection: Third round, No. 104 overall

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the quarterback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

AHKELLO WITHERSPOON
Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, in the third round of the NFL draft with the No. 66 overall pick.

“Being close to home is an incredible opportunity, as well as the type of defense they play -- press man, up in your face,” Witherspoon said. “When I came in for a visit, they were asking me if I’ve adopted that role and if I’d be willing to continue that. And I said, ‘Absolutely.’

“It’s an opportunity to play for such a great organization, close to home, with such a savvy defensive mentality. I think it’s going to be a great place for me.”

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the selection at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection (No. 229 overall) this year. The 49ers now have 10 picks in next year’s draft.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Witherspoon began his college career at Sacramento City. He played his final three college seasons at Colorado. He started 12 games last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Witherspoon led the nation with 22 pass breakups. He recorded one interception -- a game-saving pick in the end zone to preserve a 41-38 victory over Oregon. A pre-med student majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, he said he aspires to be a doctor after his football career.

But Witherspoon said he is committed to football and promised the 49ers during his visit to Santa Clara that he will make huge strides over the next few years as he continues to develop as a player.