49ers keeping eye on Brown, other CBs

49ers keeping eye on Brown, other CBs
March 12, 2014, 8:00 am
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Tarell Brown did not receive any publicized attention on Day 1 of free agency. (USATSI)

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Cornerback Tarell Brown remains available and without any first-day-of-free-agency reports of interested suitors.

On Tuesday, the 49ers re-signed kicker Phil Dawson, picked up safety Antoine Bethea to replace Donte Whitner, added potential backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, and acquired Jonathan Martin, who’ll compete for a job as a backup offensive lineman.

The 49ers also re-signed cornerback Eric Wright to a one-year contract. But the 49ers -- with Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver already on board -- do not figure to be done addressing the cornerback position.

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Carlos Rogers will not be back after three seasons with the club. The 49ers released him Tuesday at a salary-cap savings of $6.6 million.

Three of the top remaining free-agent cornerbacks signed on the first day of the league year: Aqib Talib (Denver), Alterraun Verner (Tampa Bay) and Vontae Davis (Indianapolis).

Meanwhile, Brown did not receive any attention. And that could prove to benefit the 49ers, who are believed to be willing to pay him in the neighborhood of the $3.5 million-per-year deal Brock was awarded in November with a contract extension.

The 49ers have talked to the agent for Miami cornerback Nolan Carroll. And Minnesota free agent Chris Cook has also drawn interest from the 49ers, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday morning.

The 49ers can be expected to add another veteran cornerback or two. And they also figure to address the position in a draft that is considered deep in talent.


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