Earlier this afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they have released cornerback Dunta Robinson. Less than a year ago, Robinson signed a 3-year $13.8 million contract. This came after he was released by the Falcons halfway through a 6-year $57 million deal. 11 months after his three year deal, he is officially a free agent.
I bring this up on Niners Nation because without fail, someone on Twitter or in the comments will ask, "what about this guy?" There's nothing wrong with discussing free agents as they show up on the market, but I figure it will be helpful to head off the speculation early. I do not see the 49ers even kicking the tires on Robinson. The team has needs at cornerback, and that will likely grow if and when they release Carlos Rogers. But Robinson is not the kind of guy this team will pursue to replenish their secondary.
Friend of the site Dylan DeSimone had a good comment about it on Twitter:
Dunta Robinson. Just another player proving the shelf-life on CBs is shorter than most NFL positions.— Dylan DeSimone (@DeSimone80) February 7, 2014
I don't think we've seen Carlos Rogers age at quite this pace, but after seeing Nnamdi's career come to an end with the 49ers, I think Dylan's line sums it up well. A lot of players can lose speed and still rely on their brains to handle things. Cornerback is arguably the toughest position to play once the speed is gone. You can be clever, but when the speed goes, opposing receivers can roast you.
As things currently stand, the 49ers have Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Darryl Morris, Carlos Rogers, and Dax Swanson under contract for 2014. Rogers could re-do his deal, but odds seem pretty high that he has played his last game with the 49ers. As it currently stands, Brock and Culliver are your starting cornerbacks in 2014, barring any particularly notable moves.
Tarell Brown is the big question mark right now. He will hit the market coming off a solid year that was limited by his rib injury. He is not a high profile corner, but he can do very solid work. I think there is value in re-signing him, but it might be time to simply go cheaper in the draft. There are some very solid cornerbacks to be had, and given the quantity of picks in the 49ers possession, it makes sense to try and find another gem to build on at a low price. We could see this secondary get really young in a hurry.
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