Tarell Brown has not received much excitement in the first couple of days of free agency. This comes as somewhat of a surprise, though several other other cornerbacks have also flown below the radar after the position was hyped in the lead-up to this period in the NFL calendar. The lack of attention on Brown, however, means that the 49ers have a much better chance of re-signing their top remaining priority in free agency. The less attention paid to Brown, the less he will likely be offered elsewhere, and the greater likelihood the 49ers will be able to afford him. That Chris Cook is coming in to Santa Clara for a visit no doubt helps the 49ers’ bargaining position–as does the plethora of cornerbacks still on the market. Brown no doubt wants to get as much money as he possibly can–after all, he is human and in the prime of his career. This may encourage him to take a short-term deal in the hopes that he can test the market again in a year or two, hopefully with better results.
Of course, it is still early and a team could very well swoop in and take Brown off the market. As it stands now, however, that seems unlikely, and the longer Brown remains unsigned, the better and better the chances are that he will once again play a key role in the 49ers’ secondary.