Saturday, January 25, 2014
Questions surround cornerback in 2014
By Bill Williamson
The cornerback position was one of the San Francisco 49ers' more evolving, fascinating positions in 2013 and promises to be interesting as the team builds its 2014 roster.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the 49ers use a high draft pick to develop a young player at the position. Let’s take a look at the players at the position from the 2013 team and where they stand.
Tramaine Brock: He has the most clarity of any cornerback on the roster. He was awarded with a four-year, $16 million deal in November and had a breakout season.
Tarell Brown: He is a free agent. He said he wants to return. I could see Brown exploring the open market, but I can also see him coming back. Last year, there were several cornerbacks that got less than what they expected in free agency. If the market is the same this year -- there is no reason to think it won’t be -- the 49ers might be able to bring the solid player back at a team-friendly deal.
Prediction: He returns after surveying market.
Carlos Rogers: He may be a candidate for release. He will be 33 and is due $6 million. The 49ers had success in the playoffs when Rogers was hurt. I think they may take this chance to get younger and cheaper unless Rogers agrees to come back at a much-reduced price.
Perrish Cox: He bounced on and off the team’s roster. He was signed for the playoffs when Rogers was hurt and he played well. A restricted free agent, he will have a chance to grow in the program.
Prediction: Gets chance to make the team in training camp.
Eric Wright: When he was signed last summer, it appeared Wright could have a big role. But his role diminished as the season went on and he was a healthy scratch in Seattle. There were rumblings the team was unhappy with his preparation later in the season. If he is re-signed, it likely won’t be at anything more the minimum.
Prediction: Does not return.
Darryl Morris: The undrafted rookie was solid on special teams. He could have a future.
Prediction: See Cox.
Chris Culliver: He missed all of the season with a torn ACL. He will be healthy in 2014 and he will play. He is a solid nickel performer.