NFL free agency news: Tarell Brown headed to Raiders on 1-year deal

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown is headed across the Bay to join the Raiders. We break down what it means for the secondary.

The San Francisco 49ers will be officially swapping out one more defensive back in 2014. According to Adam Schefter, cornerback Tarell Brown is headed across the Bay to the Oakland Raiders. He signed a 1-year deal for $3.5 million.

Matt Maiocco had reported earlier today that the 49ers might be interested in a 3-year $10 million deal, but it would seem he wanted one year in a bit of a prove it deal. I don't know that he'll ever be the kind of corner to get the big monster deal, but with the salary cap expected to climb again next year, it makes some sense. He should slot right into the starting lineup opposite D.J. Hayden in the Raiders secondary.

The 49ers signed Chris Cook earlier this afternoon, so it is not surprising that Brown was not going to find a deal with them. They have the money for another option, but on a 1-year deal, it was a little more unlikely. In Cook, the 49ers have a cheap option to compete for a role in the secondary. If the 49ers find the right kind of talent in the draft, they will have plenty of cornerback competition. Brock is the only "sure thing" in the secondary, with Culliver right behind him. Cook will compete with Eric Wright, Darryl Morris, Dax Swanson and anybody else that comes along in the draft. It should make for a fun competition.

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