A move a lot of 49ers faithful were doubtful would get done was the re-signing of Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers, who originally signed with the 49ers on a one-year deal.
However, he expressed strong interest in returning to San Francisco even after having a career year with the team where he could've demanded more money on the open market.
Rogers will return, but the 49ers also have a young, talented and eager group of guys who contributed in 2011. Tarell Brown had a solid year in his first as a starter, and I was thoroughly impressed with how little of a liability he was. In fact, he made plays.
Great things are expected of the 49ers' mid-round pick last year, Chris Culliver. Culliver had one interception last year in the mauling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park. He's displayed great athleticism, intensity and the ability to make tackles in space.
On top of these three, the 49ers have Tramaine Brock and added a low-risk, high-reward guy in Perrish Cox. Cox used to play for the Denver Broncos but because of some off-the-field issues, his NFL career was put on hold. These are guys that can contribute and go overlooked by opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers.
And the secondary gets better...
Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner have been a terrific tandem of safeties. They bring a ferocity and awareness to the game that could only improve with another year together. They developed a great rapport and publicly displayed their desire to play together again.
Since their wish came true, I doubt they will take it for granted. They both have established themselves as devastating hitters, which wide receivers will remember when going across the middle or deep against them in 2012.