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49ers Miss Out on Champ Bailey

Champ Bailey signed earlier Friday with the New Orleans Saints, ending any remote chance that the San Francisco 49ers would acquire the future Hall-of-Famer, or any well-known cornerback in free agency, as Bailey was biggest name left. This is probably a smart move for the 49ers, however, as they seek to get y0unger across the board with a draft set up quite nicely for them.

Bailey is one of the all-time greats, but at 35, his production has been dipping and injuries have begun to plague the twilight of his career. The Saints were able to get him for a relatively affordable price, $7 million over 2 years, but even that sum would have posed difficulties for a 49ers franchise wanting to increase salaries for a few high-achieving youngsters. Even with the loss of Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, the 49ers are better off being patient and looking ahead to the second weekend in May.

Of course, the 49ers’ whole line of thinking will be questioned should Percy HarvinTavon Austin and Larry Fitzgerald run all over the 49ers’ secondary this upcoming season. This is a division with a ton of firepower and a lot of playmakers–something the 49ers definitely need more of on the outside. Even so, it just does not make sense to pay for a declining, aging veteran when a deep and talented class aligns with a boatload of draft picks.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know below or tweet @NinerNoise.

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  • Al Martin

    Champ played injured last year.

    • Douglas Totten

      True, not as much as he would have though, and he was not as effective when he came back for the playoffs.

  • Mark Gretz

    I agree with you Doug, as long as are cap space stays the same then we shouldn’t consider anymore FA’s.I would be curious to find out the route Trent takes.We need to focus on the 6 picks at 100 or less. Move up and get a shutdown corner….. and or… a wideout, next pick visa-versa.

    • Douglas Totten

      It’s always nice to have someone agree with me, Mark! You are right, we need to get both via the draft, and relatively early. The tough decision is whether to trade up a lot and get a Mike Evans and maybe not get as good of a cornerback or as many, or do we wait patiently and see what can fall?