If it turns out he's washed up, the Niners won't be overly put out. They signed him for a relative song: a one-year deal worth $1.35 million in base salary, none of the money guaranteed.
"He gives you a guy that can match up with big receivers -- which we have [a lot of] coming through the division," said secondary coach Ed Donatell. "In press coverage, which has been his signature, he's hard to get around."
Will Awesome Guy end up being a member of the 49er family? That will depend on whether he's getting better, or getting worse. As it says at the bottom of that banner, "You never stay the same."