49ers Add Darnell Dockett and Jerome Simpson
Yesterday, the 49ers acquired DE Darnell Dockett and WR Jerome Simpson within hours of each other. The moves come as key upgrades for San Francisco in two of their weaker positions. However, the Simpson signing has raised the eyebrows of Jed York and others due to Simpson's disciplinary issues.
Darnell Dockett was the first to commit to San Francisco after attempts to restructure a deal with Arizona fell through. He was scheduled to earn $6.8 million in 2015, but Dockett was obviously not getting paid the full sum. His new deal goes for 2 years, $7.5 million with 2 million guaranteed. According to Dockett, "I was willing to take less money than what [San Francisco] was offering." In the end, the veteran DE was less than $500,000 from remaining a Cardinal.
Shortly afterwards, the 49ers agreed to a two year deal with Jerome Simpson. The former Bengals and Vikings receiver ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and averaged over 15 yards per reception in 2013. Consequentially, Ted Baalke hopes the 6'2" receiver can be the deep-ball threat that Colin Kaepernick needs.
However, Simpson has served two 3-game suspensions for marijuana and alcohol related charges. He was released by Minnesota in September 2014 while serving his second suspension, and has remained a free agent since. Owner Jed York said yesterday night that he did not understand the thinking behind the signing, especially because Simpson does not seem to fit the Niner vision of winning with class.
Regardless, the 49ers are now better at two critical positions than they were yesterday. The hope is that both veterans will fulfill lofty expectations and help San Francisco return to the playoffs.