The 49ers are back at practice this afternoon, but earlier in the day there was some player availability. New 49ers wide receiver Jon Baldwin met with the media, and if you want to hear the usual cliches, 49ers.com has a recap of that. The more valuable information came courtesy of cornerback Tarell Brown in discussing his contract situation.
According to Brown, his new agent, Joel Segal, is discussing the $2 million de-escalation issue with the 49ers. This would seem to be going beyond just asking for it, and actually involving some kind of negotiation. The question of course is whether it is part of a negotiation for a contract extension. The 49ers are in a position where they could face numerous question marks at the cornerback position. Brown is a free agent after the season, as is Nnamdi Asomugha, while Perrish Cox is a restricted free agent, Eric Wright will be a free agent (not that we know what's up with him on the NFI list) and Carlos Rogers could very well get released.
I think we can make a strong argument that Tarell Brown was the team's most consistent cornerback last season. It is hard to tell what his value will be like on the open market, but given that the 49ers had not worked out a deal yet, they would seem content to wait and see as well. Sometimes guys end up back in town when the market isn't too their liking, but as we've seen with Dashon Goldson, Delanie Walker, Josh Morgan and several others, sometimes the market takes care of them just fine.