Sunday, November 22, 2009
49ers again have no place for WR Jones
By Mike Sando
Receiver Michael Crabtree's unexpected availability to the 49ers in the 2009 NFL draft continues to affect the team's other receivers.
The 49ers no longer have much use for Isaac Bruce or free-agent addition Brandon Jones. Bruce has become a backup. Jones has zero catches this season. The 49ers named him inactive against the Packers in Week 11.
The team paid a $3.5 million signing bonus, $1.18 million roster bonus and $100,000 workout bonus to Jones as part of the deal he signed in February, well before the draft. The 49ers are also paying $620,000 in base salary to him. Jones' salary climbs to $2.15 million next season.
An injury derailed Jones early in the season and perhaps prevented him from gaining traction with the coaching staff. Crabtree's unexpected addition and tight end Vernon Davis' increased role as a receiver have left Jones on the outside.