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49ers are not settling for Super Bowl loss

March 12, 2013 - Andy Heintz
One of my favorite times of the year is approaching. Well, besides the NCAA Tournament March Madness.

My other favorite time of the year is NFL free agency and the NFL draft.

Being a 49ers fan, it has been fun watching the NFL over the past two seasons. I love what the organization has done. Someone who doesn't follow the team would think that they got good overnight.

That couldn't be farther from the truth. The Niners used top draft picks in years they stunk wisely.

Guys like Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis and Joe Staley were key pieces to the transformation. As were Novarro Bowman and Aldon Smith.

They weren't too big into free agency until this past season when they went after Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs from the team that eliminated them. This year, they went after another player from a team that knocked them out when they traded for Anquan Boldin.

That trade was announced a few hours after division rival Seattle traded for speedster Percy Harvin. The Seahawks gave up three draft picks -- including a first this year and a third next year -- while the Niners sent a sixth rounder to Baltimore for Boldin.

I know Boldin is older than Harvin and maybe not as talented anymore. But what Boldin provides at what we gave up for him makes these two swaps favor the Niners. Harvin is injury-prone and played in just nine games last year.

Boldin helped the Ravens beat the Niners in the Super Bowl with a 100-yard receiving game. He also will help in the running game with his physical blocking downfield.

Teams are going to try to focus their offseasons on trying to stop the new zone read option offenses that are surfacing. Boldin can provide the Niners with another element in the offense. If teams decide to bring up a safety to stop the run, Boldin will be good enough and veteran enough to come through with key blocks.

The Seahawks punched first in the free agency period, but San Francisco came back with a right-handed jab. Who is going to throw the next punch? And will it be enough to knock the other out?

This is why I love the National Football League.


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