How Routt's signing impacts 49ers

February 20, 2012, 7:59 pm
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The Kansas City Chiefs on Monday signed cornerback Stanford Routt, whom the Raiders recently discarded.It's a move that is significant to the 49ers, too.As ProFootballTalk pointed out, this likely means the Chiefs will not place the franchise tag on outstanding cornerback Brandon Carr. The Chiefs will likely fork over the expected 9.4 million figure to tag receiver Dwayne Bowe, instead.So Bowe is another significant wide receiver who will probably not be on the open market for the 49ers to explore.
And without Bowe available, it might drive up the prices for the other receivers, most notably Vincent Jackson.Also, it could make it more difficult for any team wishing to make a run at restricted free agent Mike Wallace, as his price could be rising, too. Wallace has 3,206 yards, an 18.7 career average, and 24 touchdowns in three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.There has been talk the Steelers will put a first-round tender on Wallace, who would still able to negotiate with other teams. Competing teams would drive up the offer sheet for Wallace. If the Steelers declined to match the deal, the team that signs Wallace would owe the Steelers a first-round draft pick.The 49ers own the No. 30 overall pick in the April draft.Routt reportedly signed a three-year, 20 million deal with the Chiefs that included a 4 million signing bonus. Now, it seems cornerback Carlos Rogers will want a deal that far exceeds that from the 49ers to re-sign with the club before the start of free agency on March 13.But what can Rogers expect to receive on the open market? Carr, who turns 26 in May and has started every game of his four-year career, should command a huge deal on the open market. Rogers, who turns 31 in July, is coming off a season in which he recorded a career-high six interceptions while playing on a one-year contract.Safety Dashon Goldson remains the likeliest target of the 49ers' franchise tag. The 49ers have not been negotiating with Goldson. Talks with many of the team's scheduled free agents are expected to heat up this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

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