San Francisco 49ers: Tarrell Brown

Updated offseason scorecard

April, 16, 2014
Apr 16
Free agency continues and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants), quarterback Colt McCoy (Redskins).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers. He signed with Oakland.

Free agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), Cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings), Receiver Brandon Lloyd (last with Patriots in 2012).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Reportedly interested in: Receiver Josh Morgan (Washington free agent), but there hasn’t been any movement in the past several weeks, and the Lloyd signing likely ends any Morgan thoughts.

Remaining free agent: Center Jonathan Goodwin.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver or upcoming draft pick for Brown.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers are going to get deeper at cornerback this week as they are expected to activate Eric Wright from the physically unable to perform list.

Wright was signed in the offseason to bring experience and ball skills to the defending NFC champions, and he will add to an already strong secondary. The 49ers cornerbacks have played well during the team's has string together a five-game winning streak. The starters are Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown, and Tramaine Brock has taken over as the nickel cornerback from Nnamdi Asomugha. Brown is reportedly getting close to a contract extension.

Asomugha, signed earlier this year, may be in danger of being cut to make room for Wright on the 53-man roster.

It will be interesting to see if Wright can become more than a dime cornerback on this unit. I asked ESPN analyst Matt Williamson his thoughts. He said he doesn’t think Wright will break into the top three.

Still, Wright's presence will make the team deeper and provide important injury insurance.

“It’s a pretty good group for sure,” said Williamson, who also said he thinks the unit will be better when pass-rusher Aldon Smith comes back.
LONDON -- The San Francisco 49ers have been getting terrific production from rookie safety Eric Reid, the No. 18 overall pick of the draft. They may soon get the services of another player who could have been a high first-round pick in April.

San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke echoed the thoughts of coach Jim Harbaugh, saying defensive lineman Cornellius "Tank" Carradine is on target to be activated from the physically unable to perform list. Carradine must be added to the 53-man roster or to injured reserve by Nov. 4.

Carradine has been out all season with a torn ACL he injured while at Florida State. Had Carradine not be hurt, he could have been taken in the top half of the first round. The 49ers took him in the second round with the 40th overall pick.

He is expected to immediately start working into the defensive line rotation when activated.

“We liked him as a football player and we have not been disappointed,” Baalke said of Carradine.

In other notes from Baalke’s media session:
  • The 49ers will make a number of moves as several players are due to be activated from injured lists. That means this deep roster will have to shed some talent. But Baalke indicated shedding from a strong roster is a good problem to have.
  • Baalke praised the coaching staff and the players for going on a four-game winning streak after the team began 1-2. "Just the way the coaches, the players have continued to grind," Baalke said. "The way they're responding to the adversity, the injuries, the off-the-field incident (Aldon Smith’s departure from the team)."
  • Baalke is excited about the young players who have stepped up in the past month. “They are showing they can play winning football,” Baalke said.
  • Baalke said the team would like to do right by cornerback Tarell Brown. He unknowingly forfeited a $2 million workout bonus this year and is in the final year of his contract. “We’re going to do our best to make it right,” Baalke said. We’re going to do our best to make sure T. Brown feels he’s being treated fairly by the 49ers’ organization.”
  • Baalke heaped praise on receiver Anquan Boldin, who is in his first year with the team and the final year of his contract. It sure sounds like Baalke wants Boldin, 33, back in 2014.

49ers enjoying depth at cornerback

October, 10, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers have a chance to have one of the deepest cornerback groups in the NFL.

Veteran acquisition Eric Wright is eligible to practice next week, and could be ready to play in less than a month. That would give the 49ers Wright and fellow veteran Nnamdi Asomugha as their fourth and fifth cornerbacks.

Asomugha has lost his spot as the No. 3 cornerback because Tramaine Brock has been outstanding as Asomugha’s injury replacement. On Thursday, San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said it’s possible Asomugha could be a healthy inactive in coming weeks.

In my opinion, Asomugha could be released when Wright is activated. You don’t see a lot of inactive, healthy 32-year-old cornerbacks. On the other hand, Asomugha's $2 million salary is guaranteed, and he is solid insurance against injuries, so he could be worth keeping.

All Fangio is concerned with is how deep his cornerback group is.

“We feel that if we have to play any of them we’ll just continue to play our package the way we like to play it and make an adjustment here or there,” Fangio said. “But we feel good about those guys. A lot of them are very close in their abilities; it hasn’t always been easy to distinguish on whom to play in certain situations. But, obviously, it’s good to have choices.”

San Francisco’s depth at the position could change dramatically next year. Brock, Wright and starter Tarrell Brown are all scheduled to be free agents at the end of the year.