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

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”