Monday, May 6, 2013
Long-term CB outlook for 49ers
By Tim Kavanagh
The 2013 edition of the San Francisco 49ers may not be as strong at the CB position as the club's fans might like, but fortunately they've got the front seven to dominate most opposing offenses, so this deficiency in the secondary may not sink them. From a long-range standpoint, however, the club may be heading towards a bit of an upheaval, and that change will get rolling in earnest next offseason.
Free agent signing Nnamdi Asomugha only inked a one-year deal, and some believe he's not even a lock to make the roster in 2013. Beyond that, there's Tarell Brown (entering the final year of his deal), Carlos Rogers (who'll be 33 years old with an $8 million cap figure in 2014) and Chris Culliver, who is signed through 2014, but whose repeated off-field remarks have drawn unwanted attention to him (raising the chances that the Niners could simply release him).
Amongst the free agents for 2014 are Aqib Talib, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Brent Grimes, though the Niners didn't really show all that much interest in any of them this offseason when they could've signed them as well. There's also the draft, where San Francisco will have extra picks in Rounds 2 and 3 thanks to some wily moves this offseason. ESPN's Todd McShay provided an early look at the top prospects for 2014 in a recent post, and three CBs landed in the Top 32: Jason Verrett, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Bradley Roby.