A year ago, it may have been a strength, but now, the 49ers secondary will look completely different in 2014 after losing a pair of starting cornerbacks.
After losing Tarrell Brown, who had been with the 49ers since 2007, and Carlos Rogers, who had been with the 49ers since 2011, San Francisco will start the new season with a brand new duo of cornerbacks for the first time since 2011.
Enter Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver, who missed all of 2013 with an injury. Brock was inserted as a starter in Week 4 and in 13-games as a starter, finished with five interceptions including one returned for a touchdown.
Culliver spent most of the 2012 season as the primary nickel corner and is expected to compete for a starting job opposite of Brock.
In the offseason, the 49ers went to work at corner, drafting a pair of rookies in Dontae Johnson from N.C. State and Kenneth Ackerman from SMU along with signing away free agent Chris Cook from the Minnesota Vikings.
The 49ers fell a man short when Eric Wright announced his retirement back in mid-June. When Kanas City announced the release of Brandon Flowers, the 49ers brought him in for a visit, only to see him sign with San Diego.
The question begs to be asked with all the recent moves, are the 49ers in the market for help at cornerback?
Brock is solid, Culliver has his moments on the field, both good and bad, and Perrish Cox played well last season as the nickel corner for an injured Carlos Rogers.
The 49ers looking at Flowers doesn’t necessarily mean they have a need a corner, but rather may just been checking out all their options. For now, going into training camp in less than a month, the 49ers will go with Brock and Culliver as the expected starters at cornerback.