Just 10 days ago, I was all but certain that Isaac Sopoaga's tenure with the San Francisco 49ers was coming to a close based on a number of factors. Decreased production, being on the wrong side of 30 and money were all working against the 330-pound nose tackle.
With his departure, it seemed like the most logical next step would be to re-sign Ricky Jean Francois and implement him as the starter at the nose. However, that doesn't seem to be the case, according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee.
Here's what Barrows had to say in his latest column:
I can't disagree with the sentiment that Sopoaga's play improved towards the end of the season, but what is considered a reasonable deal? His decline from 2011 to 2012 was rapid to say the least. At this point, based on his production and playing time, the most he's worth is the league minimum ($825,000) for a nine-year pro.