Golden Nuggets: The Secondary Conundrum

Ezra Shaw

Thursday, February 6, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the internet

Happy Thursday everyone, there's not a whole bunch going on in niner land right now. The whole league is transitioning from the Superbowl to the offseason. We have already seen the East/West shrine game as well as the Senior Bowl. Later this month is the Combine, or as many people call it, the NFL's personal meat market. As crazy as it sounds to watch a bunch of players get measured and run drills, I cannot get enough of this stuff.

The offseason is a truly amazing time, and one of the most interesting plot points, at least for me, is the secondary. Tarell Brown and Donte Whitner are both free agents, and I would bet anything that Carlos Rogers will not be playing on his current contract next season. Tramaine Brock has established himself as a starter but who starts opposite of him and who plays nickel remains a mystery. Chris Culliver is back, I'm high on him, but I know a lot of people soured on him at the end of the Superbowl two seasons ago. I would like a starting duo of Brock and Culliver. Still, corner is definitely a need in the draft, and I believe one should be taken in the first few rounds.

Donte Whitner presents another tough problem. He was great last season, even in coverage, but I believe much like Dashon Goldson, he is expendable. I would like to see him back as I'm not sure how wise spending a first round pick on a safety two years in a row is. However, If he wants to be paid like an elite safety I believe and hope that he will need to find that paycheck elsewhere. To the links!

Look ahead: Who joins Tramaine Brock at cornerback? (Barrows)

Morning Tailgate: The Future at Cornerback (49ers)

Look ahead at safety: Goldson left last year. Will Whitner follow? (Barrows)

(Video) Cully Conversation: Back in the House (49ers)

Two starting jobs unsettled on 49ers' defense (Maiocco)

Moving Forward: Inside Linebackers will have one temporary void for the 49ers (Gin)

Look ahead: Questions at 49ers' best position, inside linebacker (Barrows)

Top 49ers' offseason questions (ESPN)

It's Clear that West is Best in the NFC and the NFL (NBC)

Colin Kaepernick Continues Charitable Efforts (49ers)

Really interesting look as how 49ers players were rated as recruits coming out of high school. 49ers Go from National Signing Day to the NFL (49ers)

Joe Staley, 49ers Offer Advice on Signing Day (49ers)

Plays of the Year: Davis Provides Toe-drag TD (49ers)

49ers' offseason focus on wide receivers (Maiocco)

Fooch already covered our stance on this video here but BASG's take mocking of the video is worth the read. At least the "NFL RIGGED" video provided a few laughs (BASG)

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