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First-round status didn't mean much to 49ers

Former No. 1 overall pick Carr had no future in SF

Being a first-round draft pick used to mean something in the NFL, but the 49ers just dumped two off their roster in the past week, including 2002 No. 1 overall selection David Carr, even though the team has a strong need for veteran experience at the QB position. With their contracts outweighing their worth to the team, Carr and Nate Clements became endangered species once the NFL lockout ended.

Those two former 49ers joined a rather large crowd, because In the post-lockout NFL, it seems, there is nothing sacred. Including former first-round draft choices. Perhaps lost in the wild frenzy that has ensued since the league re-opened its doors for business is that former first-rounders – many of them older players with bloated and unaffordable contracts, but also five young veterans chosen...

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