- Bill Williamson, ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter
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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.
Receiver Anquan Boldin's salary cap number this season, as part of his new deal, is $3.7 million.
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.