Telling an NFL player they can seek a trade is like telling an artist not to quit their day job.
If lucky, there will be an interested trade suitor and the athlete will be exchanged for draft picks and/or players. If no interest is generated, the unwanted athlete will find himself unemployed and auditioning elsewhere for work.
Either way it doesn’t bode well for their future with the team.
Upon being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round (34th overall) of the 2000 NFL draft, the former LSU star has been a disappointment.
After four years with the Bengals, two with the Packers, and three with the 49ers, Roman has yet to stick as the franchise free safety that teams once envisioned him as.
In three years as the 49ers starting free safety, Roman has managed just one interception. That is not a typo. It is a testament to his mediocrity as well as his lack of instincts and ball skills.
The 2008 season was the most painfully forgettable season yet for the 49er free safety. He was often out of position on deep passes or burned by tight ends (the ultimate “no-no” for defensive backs).
Needless to say, he provided the 49ers the worst safety option since the inception of the “pull out” technique.
Over the course of his nine year career, the NFL journeyman totaled just 489 tackles, seven sacks and five interceptions.
During his time in Candlestick, it’s likely that I’ve intercepted more balls from my nosebleed-seated position.
This current off-season, the 49er coaching staff has named promising third-year player Dashon Goldson the new starting free safety, supplanting Roman on the depth chart.
Given that Roman is neither the short term starter, nor the long term solution at age 32, Roman may find himself jobless come September.