New Raiders cornerback Tarell Brown was fairly diplomatic when he discussed moving on from the 49ers with local press. After signing a one-year, almost fully guaranteed $3.5 million contract with the Raiders on Friday, Brown said he understood the 49ers desire to go in another direction.
He was certainly more colorful with a national audience when addressing the 49ers contract offer.
“[I]t wasn’t what I wanted and it was to me more of a slap in the face,” Brown said Wednesday on NBC Sports Network. “But I understand that it’s a business and I understand that they have to do what is best for them and it’s no hard feelings.
“But what they offered me definitely wasn’t what I wanted and definitely wasn’t worth my value of what I’ve done in this league and how well I played these past 3-4 years in the league. So it’s understandable and, like I said, there are never any hard feelings. They are doing a great job over there and I wish them the best.”
Brown clearly holds no ill will toward the 49ers, even if he believed their contract offer – the specifics of which are unknown – was disrespectful.
“It was always something I would have loved to work out, but everything happens for a reason, and I understand that,” said Friday in a conference call. “It’s a business. They are looking to get younger or they are really looking to bring in other guys, so I can’t fault those people for that. So, I understand it’s a business and I treat it such as. Like I said, I look forward to being here and starting a new culture here (in Oakland).”