Golden Nuggets: The Secondary Comes First

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.

A lot of focus is being put on the 49ers secondary this off-season which is arguably the "weakest" part of the defense. I enclose that in quotations because it is the weakest when stacked against the linebacking corps (which I consider to be the best in the NFL), or even against the defensive line which will have good depth this coming season. We basically have two sure starters in Tramaine Brock and Eric Reid, and another possible starter in Chris Culliver. Antoine Bethea was snagged from the Colts to replace Whitner as the starting SS while Trent Baalke has brought in other bodies to compete for the slot and backup positions.

With a little under $4M left in cap space, I don't see the team going after any more free agent signings to fill secondary spots. It's quite clear that this will be addressed in the draft and most likely it will be addressed in the first or second day. Many of us want to see the 49ers take a speedy WR with the first pick, but given the depth of the WR class, I would not be surprised to see Baalke take a CB with the first pick.

49ers secondary is undergoing changes, for better or worse? (Gin)

Where the 49ers stand at cornerback (Williamson)

Niners' Cornerback Aid May Come Through Draft, Not Free Agency (NBC)

Verrett is best fit for 49ers' secondary (Maiocco)

Rehabbing Culliver in line for a starting job with 49ers (Maiocco)

Sub-par secondary? Don't judge yet, 49ers fans (Barrows)

49ers are $3.726 million under salary cap (Maiocco)

AUDIO - Bethea: 'It Wasn't too Much Wining and Dining' (49ers)

VIDEO - Chris Cook 'At Home' With 49ers (49ers)

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