Cornerback re-signings a good sign for Brown

Cornerback re-signings a good sign for Brown
March 10, 2014, 7:45 am
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Tarell Brown has less competition on the free-agent cornerback market with the signings of Brent Grimes and Sam Shields over the weekend. (AP)

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Tarell Brown’s competition on the open market for cornerback-needy teams could be greatly reduced before the free-agent signing period even begins.

Brown, who last week told CSNBayArea.com there was “nothing” going on in negotiations with the 49ers, could attract some attention in free agency with two of the top players at his position already re-signed.

Miami re-signed Brent Grimes to a four-year, $32 million deal that includes $16 million guaranteed. And Green Bay struck a new deal with Sam Shields on a four-year, $39 million contract, with $12.5 million signing bonus.

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Moreover, the Indianapolis Colts are expected to re-sign Vontae Davis on Monday, CBS reported on Sunday.

Brown, 29, is part of a potential free-agent cornerback class that includes Alterraun Verner, Aqib Talib, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Charles Tillman and Captain Munnerlyn. Brown started every game in 2011 and 2012 before missing three games late last season with fractured ribs and cartilage damage.