On Thursday, moments after general manager John Lynch said the 49ers still had about $33 million they could spend in free agency, he indicated most of that money would remain in the team’s coffers.
“We’re not all the way done yet, perhaps,” Lynch said, looking to the rest of free agency. “We’ll use that wisely. We got the guys that we targeted that would help us best become a better football team.”
In other words, the 49ers say they aren’t being tight-fisted, but forward-thinking.
Their goal to is to construct a young core that can win in 2018 without sacrificing the ability to win in, say, 2021.
In fact, Lynch recently foreshadowed their approach to free agency — and detailed their long-range thinking — at the NFL combine after the 49ers’ 6-10 season.
The Patriots turned around and traded Bostic to the Lions for a seventh-round pick in May of 2016. Bostic injured his foot in August of 2016 and missed the entire season. He signed with the Colts last season and played well, but he injured his knee late in the season and was placed on injured reserve.
The standing ovation Flake received was rare, according to regular attendees of the long-running series. Christopher Galdieri, a professor of politics at Saint Anselm’s, said the only other speaker he could recall receiving a similar reaction was Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon.
Trump loyalists say they are not fazed by the activities of potential GOP challengers or by Trump’s low standing among the general electorate here.
“New Hampshire’s a fickle state,” said Barry Bennett, who advised Trump during the 2016 general election. “They don’t fall in love with anyone. They only flirt.”