On Wednesday and Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers hosted three players available in free agency who could fill a need at starting safety and cornerback.
Thursday saw visits from former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and former Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas to 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson visited with the team on Wednesday, but did not leave the Bay Area with a contract.
The 49ers front office did not confirm Asomugha or Delmas visited the team, but team officials have not been confirming any meetings with free agents. Everything that has been reported about player visits to the 49ers has come from outside sources.
Asomugha was released by the Eagles on Tuesday. This was mainly because he has not exactly been playing like the best cornerback in the NFL, which many considered him to be when he signed his 5-year, $60 million contract in 2011. The Eagles did not want to pay him the $15 million he was due in 2013, so they cut him.
I am not sure Asomugha should be targeted right now. Sure, the 49ers could use help at cornerback, but they need to focus on getting a solid starter at safety first. Plus, the cornerback is approaching 32 years old and he played the last two seasons with a lack of passion and energy.
Then there is Delmas who fits a big need at safety and is only 26 years old. But he has missed 13 games in the past two seasons because of knee injuries. He only played in eight games last season for the Lions and had a combined 38 tackles, 2 passes defensed and 1 interception. While Delmas is a talented safety, I cannot get past his recent injuries. The 49ers should stay away from signing him.
Charles Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston, said on Thursday that the cornerback spent the whole day with the 49ers on Wednesday and he “enjoyed his visit.” From the comments he made it seems like Woodson is ready to ink a deal with the 49ers, but they are waiting for GM Trent Baalke and company to make a decision:
He (Woodson) enjoyed the visit and I think they enjoyed him. I think it went very well, but I understand they have some people in. It just depends on which way they want to go. I’m just waiting for them to get back to me.
While Woodson is 36 years old and he is not the same elite safety from years past, I believe him to be the best option for at least the upcoming season. If the Niners sign Woodson, we can expect the team to select a safety in the NFL draft with one of their early round selections.