The San Francisco 49ers were connected to a pair of impending CFL free agents, and we have some updates. Adam Schefter reported cornerback Delvin Breaux signed with the New Orleans Saints. Kansas City Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor reported the Chiefs will not be pursuing wide receiver Duron Carter.
The 49ers were briefly connected to Breaux, although there was never any report of them working him out. The team has some question marks at cornerback, so it made sense to consider all options. Normally CFL free agents cannot sign with an NFL team until February 10, but his team apparently released him from his contract early.
The 49ers cornerback situation is going to be interesting to track. Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver are both free agents. While the 49ers have a lot of young talent to consider in 2015, there are plenty of questions. Tramaine Brock could never get fully healthy, but would seemingly be in line for one of the starting spots. Jimmie Ward would be in line for the nickel role again, but his foot is going to be a question mark moving forward. Kenneth Acker and Keith Reaser spent the season on injury lists, but will hopefully be ready to compete when the offseason workout program begins. And even guys like Leon McFadden and Cameron Fuller will get opportunities this year to compete for playing time. Fooch's Update: Surprised I forgot Dontae Johnson. He'll be in the mix for a starting job if both Culliver and Cox walk.
The 49ers reportedly were looking into working out Carter, but there has been no follow-up. ESPN reported earlier this month that Carter said the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts were his top two choices. The Colts provide him with a chance to work with Andrew Luck, while the Vikings are where his father, Cris Carter, made his name in the NFL. I am not anticipating Carter signing with the 49ers at this point, but I suppose anything is possible.
The 49ers wide receiver position is another question mark with Michael Crabtree due to hit free agency. Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson would lead that group if Crabtree leaves. Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington will compete for playing time, but odds seem pretty good the team invests some important draft capital in the position.