NFL Free Agents 2011: San Francisco 49ers Looking for Cornerbacks?
NFL Free Agents 2011 Puts the 49ers in the Market of Free Agent Cornerbacks
The San Francisco 49ers had a good draft when you look all the way around, but they didn't get much better at a major position of need.
They did take Chris Culliver in the third round, and he is an extremely talented athlete with size and speed, but he will take some time to get it together in the NFL.
He was consistently inconsistent at South Carolina and would have been selected higher had he played up to his ability.
Culliver can play safety as well, but he hasn't shown all the instincts and knowledge of the game that we'd like to see from him.
That leaves cornerback as a major need with Shawntae Spencer's inconsistency and Nate Clements slowing down with every dollar he earns.
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The free agent market features some talent, but it could be costly.
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area wrote about their options in his mailbag:
Of course, many in the Bay Area are fixated on Raiders free agent Nnamdi Asomugha, but the 49ers might also look to one of the other corners on the market. Johnathan Joseph (Bengals), Richard Marshall (Panthers), Ike Taylor (Steelers), Carlos Rogers (Redskins) and Antonio Cromartie (Jets) are among the free-agent cornerbacks who will be available when the doors to free agency swing open. The 49ers have done their homework on the position, and I fully expect them to make a big push to sign one of those players.
Asomugha is going to cost three arms and two legs and they have already been through this before with Clements, I don't think they should go near him.
Joseph and Marshall are solid players, Taylor's talented but older, and Rogers and Cromartie come with talent but a few issues also.
The 49ers will likely come after one of these guys, but there is no perfect prospect available.
It is a major need though, and they will have to address it.
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