General Manager Scot McCloughan wasted no time bringing in a replacement cornerback for the injured Walt Harris who tore his right ACL on Tuesday. The 49ers signed 10-year veteran Dre’ Bly to be the possible starter at right cornerback. Bly, who is 32 years old, brings a lot of experience to the team. He spent the last two years playing opposite Champ Bailey with the Broncos. Before that was with the Loins from 2003-2006 and with the Rams where he played with Isaac Bruce from 1999-2002. Bly is a great signing because his experience and professionalism will help not only the young cornerbacks on the roster but the whole defense. Bly was released for the first time in his career in the off-season shortly after new head coach Josh McDaniels took over in Denver. There are a plethora of experienced corners still available so the 49ers had a wide selection of CB’s but it is good to note that former Niner head coach Mike Nolan is Denver’s new defensive coordinator. I am sure Nolan had something to do with Bly being released. I think that is the best thing Nolan has done for the 49ers in the last two years.
“I never been released. That was humbling to me,” Bly said. “The fact that happened, I’m so hungry. … At this point in my career, it’s not about money, it’s about the opportunity to come in and compete. I wanted the right opportunity to compete and play. San Fran is a great franchise, has won Super Bowls, it’s a great city. There’s a lot of upside.”
Bly has had an impressive career. He has played in 151 regular season games (111 in which he started), has not missed a game in the last three years, is a very fit 188 pounds which gives him more speed and durability and has been selected to two Pro Bowls. He has 40 career interceptions and three times in his career Bly has had six interceptions in a season which are career highs. Bly was told he will not be the starter outright and would have to compete with Tarell Brown and Shawntae Spencer. Bly is also versatile with his experience returning punts and kickoffs. Let’s hope what was McDaniels and Nolan’s discarded trash, will turn out to be the 49ers gold treasure.