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San Francisco 49ers “Believed” to Be Interested in Lawrence Tynes

March 11th, 2013 at 12:50 PM
By Dan Benton

'Super Bowl-8-2' photo (c) 2012, Stephen Luke - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The San Francisco 49ers may again find themselves picking scraps off of the New York Giants' free agent pile here in 2013. A year ago it was wide receiver Mario Manningham and running back Brandon Jacobs, and this year it could be kicker Lawrence Tynes, whom the team is "believed" to have some interest in.

While there are some reports circulating the Internet suggesting the 49ers will make an offer to Tynes, the team is also considering several other options as a replacement for David Akers, who was released last week. However, the team does plan to act swiftly once free agency begins, and with Tynes not expected back with the Giants, he would make sense for the NFC Champions.

Tynes is no stranger to San Francisco or Candlestick Park, having kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime to send the Giants onto Super Bowl XLVI.

In addition to Tynes, the 49ers are also rumored to have interest in Shayne Graham, Jason Hanson and Steven Hauschka.

For the Giants, they may be prepared to head into the 2013 season with David Buehler as their kicker, but don't be surprised if they bring in a few other names and make a competition out of it.

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28 Responses to “San Francisco 49ers “Believed” to Be Interested in Lawrence Tynes”

  1.  kujo says:

    Repost in response to GOAT56

    Consider me adamantly opposed to your supposition that Cruz is a “luxurious add-on” as opposed to a vital piece. Mario Manningham was a luxury, and it’s why we let him walk. Luxuries don’t lead your team in yards and receptions (and targets) after only 2 seasons in your system. You are VASTLY underestimating his value to this team, man. VASTLY! I’m not gonna hijack this thread with a Nosh.0 style pro-Cruz rant, but this attitude is absurd. Eli works best when he has an excellent slot receiver as a valve, and an equally excellent X receiver on the outside, paired with a very good Y receiver who keeps defenses honest. It’s what worked in 2007 with Plax-Toomer-Smith, and in 2011 with Nicks-Mario-Cruz. That’s the winning formula that we should be working towards. Is it costly? Yes, and it will require maneuvering and sagacity within the cap? Is it some foretold thing that it’s not possible? Hell no!

    I firmly believe that Eli is the key to all of this. How much is he willing to forgo contract-wise in order to ensure that he’s got the best WR duo in the league for the next 3-5 years? We were all over Brady’s jock for his “sacrifice” a few weeks ago. Well, here’s your chance to be consistent–Eli needs to walk into Reese’s office and give him more wiggle room with Cruz.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      So what was Steve Smith? Yes, Cruz is better but Smith was damn good for us and now many have forgotten. Cruz can be replaced just like Smith was. We likely won’t get lucky and be able to replace Cruz with a better player like with Smith. But we would be fine. I believe the Nicks, Randle and Jernigan or another player is comparable to 2007 version which is more that balance we want to have on offense. We won’t go back to being a run first team but the balance we had last year is more likely to get us another SB than the unbalanced superbowl year. Nicks, Cruz and MM had to be great to cover up other places on offense. We don’t have to have that same design going forward if the other areas are better as it appears they will be going forward.

      •  kujo says:

        Smith wanted to get paid like a playmaker despite not being one. We even offered him a pretty big deal, which he summarily declined before his injury.

        Cruz is a better route runner, a better receiver and a bigger playmaker than Smith. Period. And you’re suggesting that 2 players who have collectively shown very little will replace Cruz? Really? Based on what, fan intuition (ie. homerism)?

        •  GOAT56 says:

          Replace not meaning the same production or even similar. Replace meaning good enough for the offense to be top level. The fact is Smith was gone and we replaced him. We don’t need 1000 yards from our slot WR to be good.

          The point is that Cruz will be replaced in 2014 not this year. A tender allows us one more year. We get to see Jernigan again plus some other young WRs. Just like Randle is expected to get better i expect Jernigan to do so. Jernigan’s biggest issue is he’s a slot WR but not better than Cruz. Eli has been running a big time offense for 5-6 years now and only the last 2 years he had Cruz. Cruz is not making himself in a vacuum some of that is Eli.

          Cruz is a better than Smith but to call him a better route runner is going too far. No need to be little what Smith was just to say Cruz is really good and better than Smith was.

    •  jfunk says:

      A post that begins by clearly stating Cruz is irreplaceable exhibits “attitude” against Cruz?

      Cruz is a unique talent. In a vacuum, no team could possibly be as good without him as it is with him. That being said, such vacuums do not exist. You’ve gotta pay 53.

      Every “anti-anti-Cruz” rant always winds up back at the same point: “Sign them both”. Congratulations! Can’t believe nobody thought of that!

      Of course we all want them both. The question is how do you make that happen without gutting the rest of the team? Show me a quality NFL team that’s paying two WRs franchise money.

      If Eli Manning agrees to pay one of the two out of his own contract, then wonderful, we all live happily ever after. Until that happens, we have a salary crunch problem and discussing it with coherent points is not stupid nor is it “hating” on anybody.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    Wow … Percy Harvin traded to Seattle.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Whoa!!! The NFC West is getting pretty darned good. The nice thing for us is that it might be getting to the point where teams like Seattle and San Francisco and St. Louis will knock the stuffing out of each other so they’re as physically debilitated going into the playoffs as have been some of the teams coming out of the NFC East in the past.

  3.  The Original G Man says:

    Shefter reports the trade is expected to include Sea’s 2013 1st rounder.

    •  jfunk says:

      Can’t be. I’ve seen it stated here repeatedly that no team would ever give up a 1st round pick for a WR. Must be a mistake. :-/

      •  GOAT56 says:

        it’s been stataed that no team probably would. I wouldn’t for Harvin or Cruz. Nor would I give up a 2nd rounder plus more for Alex Smith. I value draft picks. I guess some teams feel differently. It doesn’t chance how I feel about the Cruz situation at all except maybe there’s a greater chance we lose Cruz.

      •  demo3356 says:

        That different than an RFA.. With RFA’s the team can always match any offer so the only way to pry him away from team is by over paying AND then you have to give up your first rd pick. The only team I see even sniffing around Cruz is SF. They have a ton of pick and a total obsession with the Giants. Even so I see Cruz back on his tender if the Giants don’t lock him up long term

      •  fanfor55years says:

        LOL. The number of people who keep repeating this are crazy, as the Seahawks have just proved.

        It isn’t that no one would send the Giants their #1 pick to get Cruz. It’s that his demands may be so out of proportion that he might scare other teams off. I still think it’s possible he’s gone. If I were the Niners I’d send my first pick in exchange for Cruz in a heartbeat if the guy gets realistic about his contract.

        And I still insist we would survive his departure. Just in case some fool misinterprets that, I don’t WANT him to leave, and I absolutely DO recognize how good he is. But I believe our offense would be just fine whether he’s here or not, provided the offensive line is improved just a bit, which can be done through various means.

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    Redskins released DeAngelo Hall.

    •  demo3356 says:

      Into say NO before the Giantinkers start talking about what great depth he’s be in our secondary..

  5.  The Original G Man says:

    ?@JayGlazer
    Seattle sends this years first round pick and a 7th rounder as well as a mid-round pick next year for Harvin. Win-win for both teams

    •  jfunk says:

      They’re giving up a lot for him, but boy they’ll be able to run some wacky ish with him and Wilson together. Should be fun to watch.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Nice addition for the Seahawks.. Guy was playing at an MVP caliber last year before he got hurt. He adds too their already impressive offense and return game.

  7.  demo3356 says:

    I may vomit in my mouth a little upon saying this, but I agree with Kujo on Cruz. He’s not easily replaceable and is much more than a luxury. Guy is a complete game breaker and right after Eli, JPP, Nicks and Beatty is one of the top 5 irreplaceable players on this team. Remember how complex our offense is before you tell me we can grab a guy with the first round pick and be just as well off..

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Better O-line + Wilson + Brown healthy + maturing Randle +Jernigan + a draft pick receiver + Eli Manning with a run/pass option since his running game is improved = very potent offense.

      It is NOT can Cruz be replaced with his equal in the slot.

      It IS can the offense score as many points?

      I think it can. Others may disagree. But the argument is not about Cruz, per se. It’s about scoring potential and there are many ways to skin that cat. We definitely lose something with Cruz’s departure, but we also gain opportunities to get the ball in the hands of others. Combined with a better O-line (perhaps helped along immensely by an additional first-round pick giving us three in the first 48), the loss can be equaled by gains.

  8.  demo3356 says:

    I see Carolina linked to a lot of our UFA’s but they are in worse shape Cap wise then we are. Cant see them outbidding JR for anyone he wants to keep

  9.  The Original G Man says:

    @ProFootballTalk
    The Cowboys have released LB Dan Connor, per league source.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    My question for the posters that really scared of losing Cruz what do you think the bottom line effect on the offense will be? I think the loss would hurt more on paper than it will with our offensive production. We will have to run our offense differently in some ways but I don’t see why our offense couldn’t still be very good. The offense at the end of 2010 was still very good with Nicks and MM starting without Smith and before Cruz. Eli will adjust and other WRs will step up without Cruz.

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