Training camp means time to shape an NFL team’s roster. It’s the time to determine who comes on and who has to leave. It’s the bitter truth about pro football; there’s always someone pushing you for a job.
If you’re seen to be a step slow or perhaps making more money than what a younger player can provide at a lesser cost, then there’s the chance that player finds himself on the outside.
Going through his first training camp as the head man, 49er coach Jim Harbaugh faces some tough decisions, no doubt. But so far through the free agent signing period it appears that Harbaugh and General Manager Trent Baalke have already made some decisions about the roster.
Consider that linebackers Takeo Spikes and Manny Lawson, nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin and center David Baas all walked out the door with new free agent contracts that, from all appearances, the 49ers did little to counter. All have five years experience or more. All were hardly pressed to stay.
It could portend a trend of Youth First, or at least a team of Harbaugh’s Guys. In that perspective here’s a rundown of seven San Francisco 49ers veterans who won't last through training camp.