Mailbag: Debating team philosophy

Ryan from Denver points to the San Francisco 49ers' interest in Peyton Manning last offseason as evidence the team would consider adding a high-profile, high-priced veteran such as Darrelle Revis. He questions my assertion that the 49ers do not splurge on these types of players from other teams.

"The 49ers may not make a run at Revis, but it won't be because they don't chase high-priced players from other teams," Ryan writes. "You don't think it would be in the 'Niner Way' to offer two second-round picks and $30 million to Revis on a two-year deal? They would obviously cut Carlos Rogers, meaning they would have a little less than $10 million a year over what they're scheduled to pay Rogers and they'd be upgrading to the best corner in the game."

Sando: 49ers brass is on the record saying it views veteran acquisitions as retail and drafted acquisitions as wholesale. They like to pay wholesale. Is the gap between Revis and Rogers really worth $10 million annually and multiple second-round choices, with Revis set to cash in a couple years later? Not to me.

Second-round picks have great value in the right hands. The 49ers recently used a second-round choice to get a franchise quarterback who will count $1.4 million against their cap this season. That's the way to build a team. I could maybe make a case for acquiring Revis if he were a free agent and not coming off ACL surgery, but giving up multiple second-round picks? Doesn't make a great deal of sense to me.

Jim from Norwalk, Conn., gets the feeling Seattle has to dump Matt Flynn for cost considerations. As a Seahawks fan, he fears San Francisco will come out ahead twice on its Alex Smith trade. One, the 49ers get additional picks. Two, the 49ers could be in position to snag Flynn if the Seahawks released him.

Sando: No need to panic, Jim. The Seahawks are in a more favorable cap situation than the 49ers are in, and they can afford to keep Flynn on their roster as the second quarterback. I'll expand on this one Friday. In short, the 49ers had much more to gain from a cap standpoint by trading their backup quarterback than Seattle would gain from trading Flynn.

Terry from San Diego asks whether the Arizona Cardinals should consider acquiring Nick Foles from Philadelphia.

"Bruce Arians is good with rookie QBs, and Foles fits the mold Arians likes at 6-foot-6 with big hands and a strong arm," Terry writes.

Sando: The Cardinals should explore all options, but it's not like they're brimming with extra draft picks this year. They already got burned sending a second-round choice and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia for Kevin Kolb. They would have to feel strongly about Foles to make another deal for an unproven Philadelphia quarterback. Arizona should monitor the price on Foles, but I lean toward drafting a quarterback in the first few rounds after signing veteran insurance and reworking Kolb's deal.

Tom from Minot, N.D., asks whether the St. Louis Rams had to pay Titus Young while the receiver was on the roster briefly.

Sando: They might have paid for his flight to St. Louis, but they would not have paid any salary. There are no salary-cap implications associated with Young's brief stay on the roster. The Rams brought him in, checked him out, took notes and sent him on his way.

If the Rams spend real money on a receiver in the near future, it figures to be for Danny Amendola. That could be a challenging negotiation, however. Amendola can claim he's a big part of the offense when healthy, pointing specifically to a memorable performance at San Francisco last season. The Rams can point to all the games Amendola has missed, and to some statistics calling into question Amendola's impact before third down.