With free agency set to begin March 11, the San Francisco 49ers might be in the market to land a cornerback in the offseason with the likelihood of Carlos Rogers being released for cap reasons and the impending free agency of Tarell Brown.
One of those impending free agent might be Vernon Davis’ little brother, Vontae Davis, a 5’11 cover corner who spent the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
Davis, a former first round pick of the Dolphins back in 2009, spent his first three seasons in Miami where he averaged 49 tackles, 11 passes defended, and three interception. In his last two seasons with the playoff bound Colts, Davis continued to put up similar numbers while being recognized as one of the better cover corners in the league.
The 49ers need to address their cornerback situation, which going into next season, holds three returnees.
Tramaine Brock was in reality, the 5th cornerback on the 49ers depth chart, but injuries to Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver, and Nnamdi Asomugha, allowed for Brock to move up the depth chart, eventually playing and entrenching himself as a starter. He’s locked in to start next season.
Chris Culliver missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury but is expected to be ok for the 2014 season. He was the 49ers’ third cornerback last year behind Rogers and Tarell Brown.
Finally, there’s rookie Darryl Morris, who spent most of last season on special teams.
If the 49ers are unable to resign Tarell Brown, who has expressed interest in returning to the Bay Area, then the 49ers might be in the market for a cover corner, and Vontae could be the man to sign if the price is right. If neither option works out, then expect the 49ers to use a pick or two in the upcoming NFL Draft.