Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:33 pm
LB Manny Lawson might want a new contract from the 49ers, and even though it appears he’d have some leverage – he was, after all, the team’s leader with 6.5 sacks last season while tying a franchise record with four forced fumbles – he actually showed up for mandatory mini-camp without a new deal in place. Considering the final year of his five-year contract pays him $630,000, he has a pretty good claim that he deserves more money.
But if a new contract isn’t forthcoming, Lawson will be ready to play anyway.
“Everybody wants a new contract,” he told reporters today. “I wanted to be here. I wanted to be a San Francisco 49er. I would like a new contract, yes.”
He said he didn’t consider skipping mini-camp, but for the first time in his career, he declined to show up for voluntary workouts.
“I wanted to get a new look,” he said. “Step outside, kind of have a vacation, but a vacation away from a vacation.”
You know, for being what I’d consider a low-paid player and for having to watch other teammates sign brand-new deals – including Ahmad Brooks, the man who’s been taking Lawson’s snaps on defense while he’s been away and who will try to take his starting spot – Lawson seems to be handling himself rather calmly.
“I'm about everybody getting what they deserve,” Lawson said.
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Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:30 am
Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin and outside linebacker Manny Lawson are both skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp. Franklin has not yet signed his franchise tag contract and is technically under no obligation to attend. Lawson is unhappy with his contract. He’s in the final year of his five-year rookie deal. His base salary is $700,000.
Singletary isn’t worried about either player.
"I have heard that Aubrayo will not be here, which does not bother me one bit," the head coach said. "Manny is not here — does not bother me one bit. Those guys are working. They are doing what they need to do. I'll see them when I see them."
Franklin is vital to the Niners’ 3-4 scheme. His presence inside keeps blockers off Patrick Willis and also allows tireless end Justin Smith to exploiting one-on-one matchups. Plus, Franklin himself has great lateral range as a run-stopper.
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