Donahue Back From Vacation.
May 21 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
General Manager Terry Donahue returned to the 49ers this week after taking a two week vacation. During Donhaue’s absence the 49ers made no significant contract moves, but upon his return, the team did sign Chike Okeafor and Vinny Sutherland to contracts.
Donahue will be at the 49ers mini-camp that begins Wednesday. He will pay close attention to the players on the field, looking for areas that still need to be upgraded, and trying to calculate how much some of the players still unsigned (mainly rookies) should receive.
And while we are on the topic of rookies and contracts, one thing that has always bothered me is that a player picked up as an undrafted free agent receives a contract from a team. While this contract is by no means guaranteed (no NFL contract is), and teams receive no penalty for releasing the players (as most contracts do not come with a signing bonus), it has always bothered me that these players are signed by their respective teams before the draftees of a team are signed. There’s something wrong with the system.
I digress. With Donahue back (oh yeah, that’s what this article was about), the 49ers will likely get down to some serious work on its rookie contracts. The team would like to have all of them signed before its next mini-camp at the latest. Donahue has a ton of work a head of him. Hopefully that vacation did it’s job. By June he will begin scouting for next off-season draft…and so the cycle continues…