San Francisco cornerback Tarell Brown, drafted in the 5th round of last year’s NFL draft played in nine games and made two tackles. That’s the kind of output the Niners can expect to miss next year, when their 5th draft is yoinked away by Roger Goodell as penance for tampering with Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.
(Next time, use more discrete duct tape.)
The 49ers were at fault for contacting Briggs’ agent Drew Rosenhaus during the 2007 season (a crime in 13 states by itself) while Briggs was dangling a franchise tag from his torso. This is apparently a rule or something.
Losing a fifth round pick is by no means something a team wants to do, but once a team gets into the second round, those draft picks can be rather negligible and those Tom Brady-style late-round steals are about as common as undrafted free agents.
Also, Goodell is going to switch the third round picks between Chicago and San Francisco. Instead of the Bears drafting 12th and the Niners 7th, it will be the other way around. This was probably enforced just for the heck of it. Because Goodell can. No word on whether or not Goodell is also sentencing 49ers GM Scot McCloughan to be Bears GM Jerry Angelo’s butler, but maybe Goodell didn’t see that episode of “Seinfeld.”