Thurmond, Sanders land elsewhere; 49ers' draft to likely fill needs

Thurmond, Sanders land elsewhere; 49ers' draft to likely fill needs
March 16, 2014, 8:15 am
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The 49ers showed interest in free agents Walter Thurmond and Emmanuel Sanders, who will now spend next season with the Giants and Broncos, respectively. (AP)

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It’s looking as if the 49ers’ wish list for a cornerback and wide receiver will have to be filled in the draft.

Two players who had drawn interest from the 49ers – cornerback Walter Thurmond and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders –agreed to contracts with the New York Giants and Denver Broncos, respectively.

Thurmond, the former Seattle Seahawks nickel back, visited the 49ers on Friday. Sanders was scheduled to arrive to meet with 49ers team officials Saturday night and Sunday. He canceled the visit late Saturday.

Sanders ended up agreeing to a deal with the Broncos after taking free-agent visits to meet with Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Kansas City. NFL media reports that Sanders had an agreement in place with Kansas City before striking the deal with the Broncos.

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Thurmond would have filled the most-pressing need for the 49ers. Carlos Rogers, the team’s nickel cornerback in each of his three seasons with the club, was released last week at an eventual cap savings of $6.6 million.

Cornerback Tarell Brown, a primary starter for the past three years, signed a guaranteed one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Raiders on Friday.

Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver, who is rehabbing from a torn ACL that forced him to miss all of last season, are the 49ers’ presumptive starting cornerbacks. The 49ers re-signed Eric Wright and added Chris Cook, a free agent from the Minnesota Vikings, to compete for roster spots.

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At wide receiver, the 49ers already have the players who ended last season as their top three: Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton. The 49ers were known to have shown interest this offseason in free agents Golden Tate, Julian Edelman, Hakeem Nicks and Sanders.

Tate signed with Detroit; Edelman returned to New England; and Nicks struck a deal with Indianapolis.

Here is a look at the 49ers’ scheduled 2014 draft selections, after the 49ers dealt a sixth-round pick last week to the Jacksonville Jaguars for backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert:

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1. First round: Own pick, No. 30 overall
2. Second round: Kansas City pick in 2013 Alex Smith trade, No. 56 overall
3. Second round: Own pick, No. 61 overall
4. Third round: Tennessee pick in 2013 draft day trade, No. 77 overall
5. Third round: Own pick, No. 94 overall
6. *Third: Compensatory, TBA
7. Fourth round: Own pick, TBA
8. Fifth round: Own pick, TBA
9. Seventh round: New Orleans pick from Parys Haralson trade, TBA
10. Seventh round: Carolina pick from 2012 Colin Jones trade, TBA
11. Seventh round: Own pick, TBA

*-The 49ers are in position to gain at least one compensatory pick due to a net loss of qualifying 2013 free agents. The pick, resulting from Dashon Goldson's departure, could be a third-or fourth-round selection.