San Francisco 49ers: Charles Woodson

Last year, the San Francisco 49ers signed Nnamdi Asomugha and toyed with the idea of adding Charles Woodson.

Clearly the team has no problem considering aging defensive backs. That leads me to wonder if, under the right circumstances, if the 49ers will have interest in Champ Bailey.

The future Hall of Fame cornerback was released by the Denver Broncos this week. Bailey, who will turn 36 in June, has said he still wants to play. Even though Bailey is fading, he can still help a team. His play in 2013 was affected by an injury and he performed well in the playoffs. Bailey has also said he wouldn't close the door on playing safety.

I could see the 49ers looking for a veteran defensive back to help as a rotational player on the field. Bailey is a pro’s pro and he would fit beautifully in an already strong San Francisco locker room.

I think Bailey would jump at a chance to play for the 49ers. He will surely want to stay on a contending team. He lives in Orange County, California in the offseason and would likely be open to playing in the state.

I’m not sure this is a situation the 49ers would jump on right away. They may want to see what happens with cornerback Tarell Brown and safety Donte Whitner in free agency before making any other moves with the secondary. But if the 49ers are open to signing an aging star again, there are reasons to think Bailey could fit.

In other 49ers notes:

The 49ers are reportedly putting the low restricted free agency tender on backup defensive lineman DeMarcus Dobbs. That would likely keep him on the team in 2014. He is a solid rotational player.

The league could announce this month who plays the Seattle Seahawks in the season kickoff game at Seattle on Sept. 4. Possible contenders include the 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

Receiver Anquan Boldin's salary cap number this season, as part of his new deal, is $3.7 million.

Anthony Dixon resists numbers game

September, 5, 2013
What is a number worth?

To Chris Kluwe, it was worth an ice cream and a plug for his band.

To the Oakland Raiders, it was worth annoying a player.

To Anthony Dixon, it is priceless.

The San Francisco 49ers running back turned down $24,000 from new teammate Nnamdi Asomugha. Dixon explained that he wore the number dating back to his high school football days and said it was part of his journey to the NFL.

Asomugha, who wore No. 24 in Philadelphia and No. 21 in Oakland, settled for No. 28. With longtime 49ers stalwart running back Frank Gore entrenched as No. 21, Asomugha’s only play was Dixon. But, no deal.

Good for Dixon. Heart over money. How un-professional sports-ish.

When stars leave for a new team, they often grease the hands of younger players to get their old digits. In Minnesota, punter Chris Kluwe had a laundry list of small demands for Donovan McNabb before relinquishing his No. 5 jersey. Earlier this summer, new Oakland cornerback Tracy Porter went to Twitter to say the Raiders took his No. 24 and gave it to Charles Woodson without his knowledge. Woodson wore the number in his previous eight-year stint in Oakland.

Dixon should take solace that the 49ers gave him a choice. Now, if he can only find a way to get a scoop of mint chip out of the deal.