Tarell Brown decided to stay in the Bay Area after all, just not in the San Francisco 49ers uniform. Brown agreed to a 1-year $3.5 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, saying after all was decided that, in regard to San Francisco,
It was always something I would have loved to work out, but everything happens for a reason, and I understand that it’s a business. The [49ers] are looking to get younger or they are really looking to bring in other guys, so I can’t fault those people for that. So, I understand it’s a business and I treat it as such. Like I said, I look forward to being here and starting a new culture here.
We here at Niner Noise had been hoping that a lack of a market for Brown would lead to his re-signing with the 49ers. Unfortunately, all it took was one team that, according to the CBA, will have to spend money this year (all teams must spend 89% of cap space over 4 years). After re-signing Anquan Boldin and others, the 49ers have under $4 million left in cap space.
The 49ers did manage to sign former Minnesota Viking CB Chris Cook, who, at 6-2, has the physical tools needed to match up with the tough NFC West receivers. However, he has yet to intercept a pass in his career and will likely be at the bottom of hte roster, if he makes it at all.
Perhaps the 49ers will draft an early CB, they probably need to. Other options include Walter Thurmond from Seattle or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The 49ers cannot do a lot more in free agency, but the potential exists for another interesting signing.