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, sending a conditional 2019 fifth round pick to Cleveland. If Gordon is active less than ten games, the Browns will send back a seventh round pick, and if Gordon is active ten or more games, the deal stands as is.The San Francisco 49ers called the Browns about Gordon, according to general manager John Lynch. Both Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan talked about doing due diligence whenever a potentially quality player is available.Shanahan met with the media Monday afternoon to wrap up Week 2, and he was asked about Gordon and if it was tempting to see if he could fit into what the team is doing.He was specifically asked if the price was too high for the 49ers, to which he said, “Yeah, I’m not going to get into exactly what. But, I think they did more than we did.”Adam Schefter reported that the deal was originally going to be for a sixth rounder, but the Patriots did not have one in the 2019 draft. The 49ers do not have a pick in the fifth round due to the Laken Tomlinson trade, and do not have have a pick in the seventh round due to the Shon Coleman trade. That means either they would have had to offer up a fourth round pick or a sixth round pick.If the 49ers had gone with a fourth round pick, they probably could have worked out a deal for some pick in return. But, the team did not do a deal, and naturally that has some folks upset about it.I get why people are upset. Josh Gordon at one point was an immensely talented player. In 2013 http://www.authenticssanfrancisco49ers.com/cheap-k_waun-williams-je...
, even after a two-game suspension, he put up a league-leading 1,646 receiving yards with 87 receptions and nine touchdowns. It’s hard for people to forget about those numbers, even five years later. And if the 49ers got even half that production, a fifth round pick would be a bargain.At the same time, there’s no guarantee the 49ers would get half that production, or even any of that production. Since 2013, Gordon has appeared in 11 total games. he was suspended for 11 games in 2014, suspended all of 2015 and 2016, and reinstated for the finalfive games of the 2017 season. He played one game this year before injuring his hamstring and then getting traded.Hypothetical Gordon would have been an upgrade over several of the 49ers current wide receivers. Reality Gordon is harder to determine. Gordon has said he has been working hard to stay sober and stay on the football field. I don’t know what to buy about the Browns deciding now was the time to unload him. When it comes to the Browns, nothing is ever quite what it seems.And yet, the 49ers decided it was not worth it. The entire wide receiver corps has been overhauled by Lynch and Shanahan. They have repeatedly said they like what they have. It would seem at first glance like they decided Gordon was not worth the price given what they have and the concerns surrounding him.Kyle Shanahan worked with Gordon for one season in 2014, when Gordon played in five games and had 24 receptions for 303 yards. Gordon was suspended the first ten games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was reinstated for Week 12 and played through Week 16. He was then suspended by the team in Week 17 for missing a Saturday walkthrough. There was some talk that part of this suspension was due to the Browns wanting to avoid him getting a sixth game for purposes of accruing a season towards free agency, but I have not found further confirmation on that.All of that is to say, Shanahan has at least a little bit of experience with Gordon. Shanahan and Lynch talk about their partnership and being on the same page. It is possible Shanahan pushed for the 49ers to acquire Gordon and Lynch did not want to do it Youth Jaquiski Tartt Jersey
, but given what we know about this partnership, my guess is they were in agreement on this.Was it the right decision? Hindsight is 20/20, and that will be particularly the case with this decision. If Gordon balls out for the Patriots, there will be plenty of second-guessing of the decision. Given the context of Gordon, I don’t exactly blame the 49ers for not making the move, but I will understand the second-guessing if he plays well for the Patriots the rest of the season.In the end, it all comes down the risk/reward evaluation. The 49ers decided it was not worth trying to match or beat the Patriots offer. What kind of deal would you have been willing to do to get Gordon, if at all?NaVorro Bowman remains unsigned When the San Francisco 49ers released NaVorro Bowman a few weeks into the 2017 season, you could hear the collective gasp from the fanbase. Despite one gruesome knee injury, and later an achilles rupture, Bowman continued to be the heart and soul of the 49ers, holding the team together with the departures of Frank Gore and Patrick Willis. Bowman signed with the Oakland Raiders not too long after his release, contributed on their defense almost immediately and went into 2018 a free agent. And now, one year later, Bowman remains unsigned. It was a bit concerning to not see him snapped up when free agency began White Fred Warner Jersey
, but understandable for a veteran with Bowman’s to come in long after training camp begins. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume he may catch onto a team on their way to a 53 man roster. He’s had some visits, but as we are now into Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season and there’s nary a word. Keep in mind, this is the guy who combined with Patrick Willis to make two of the best middle linebackers in the NFL for multiple years. A three-time Pro Bowler. Teams should want Bowman, right?Well, not now, perhaps.The Bowman decision was polarizing with fans. Some knew he wasn’t in the long-term plans of John Lynch/Kyle Shanahan and felt it best he be released. Others wondered if the release, as well as the events leading up to the release were the correct decisions. Bowman began getting less playing time as Robert Saleh’s 4-3 defense demanded a different style of play than Bowman was used to. Once Bowman got frustrated, the 49ers did him a favor. Now the 49ers have Reuben Foster (who returns in Week 3) and Fred Warner as the new linebacking duo. Warner has already drawn comparisons to Bowman, so it’s safe to say the 49ers may not be looking back. Steve Young said that Bill Walsh would have a philosophy of getting players off the team a year before it was too late. It’s been documented that this rubbed several players the wrong way, but it was also necessary to maintain a competitive roster. Given that Bowman remains unsigned into 2018, do you think it corroborates the 49ers decision to release him?