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March 1, 2012
Q&A: How does Brooks' deal affect Goldson, Rogers, Wallace, et al?

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The Head Honcho @JuiceCrocker: The 49ers cashed out for Brooks. What do you think their plans are for Goldson/Rogers?

Tim Guilanians ‏@tguilanians31: What does Brooks' signing do to 49ers cap situation/strategy on C. Rogers/strategy on M. Wallace?

A: The actual parameters of Ahmad Brooks' deal aren't in yet. However, I'd be shocked if the $44.5 million contract weren't set up with relatively low base salaries early on, high ones late, and a lot of difficult-to-attain bonuses. That is, the 49ers will have cut their first meaningful free-agent deal of the season to be salary-cap friendly and to allow them to sign more of their own free agents.

Goldson, meanwhile, parted ways with Drew Rosenhaus and hired CAA, which represents, among others, Aldon Smith, Alex Smith, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis. On the one hand it signals that Goldson wants to avoid the frustration of last year when Rosenhaus couldn't land him the contract he desired. On the other hand, switching agents doesn't change the fact the 49ers - or any other team - was willing to pay Goldson like one of the top safeties in the league. My sense is that he either will agree to the contract offered last year - five years, $25 million (or perhaps a little better given his pro bowl season) - or be hit with the franchise tag. The 49ers have the leverage here.

Rogers continues to say that he wants to return to the team. In the end, I think that will be the case. However, my sense is that he will hit the open market, won't find the offers he's seeking and return to the team.

Finally, Mike Wallace. It appears as if the Steelers indeed will place a first-round tender on Wallace, a restricted free agent. That means that Wallace will reach free agency but that the Steelers will be able to match any offers for him. If they can't, the team that signs Wallace will have to forfeit their first-round pick. I think two things: 1.Wallace would be a nice, almost ideal, compliment to Michael Crabtree. 2. The 49ers won't pursue him, or at least not get in a bidding war over Wallace. It's not their m.o., especially in a year that's deep with receivers both in free agency and the draft.

Marco A. Silva Sr. ‏@poolenium : Do you see the 49ers pursuing Michael Bush? or any RBs in FA?

A: Signing a free-agent running back is sort of like buying a used Jeep. That is, you don't know how much their previous owners abused them and you'd be safer to buy one new (out of college). That said, Bush and Cleveland's Peyton Hillis are just the type of running back the 49ers could use - a no-nonsense thumper. I think they'll add a running back in the draft.

Ali Madyun ‏@sinnetone: Let be the first to ask the question: HBO hard knocks. San Francisco 49ers ?

A: Jim Harbaugh won't even divulge an ankle injury to a fifth-string safety. I can't see him granting access to a film crew for three weeks.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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