The San Francisco 49ers have been quiet on the cornerback market, with nary a word about their intentions for the position. Perrish Cox visited Washington and Cleveland Browns earlier this week, and has a visit scheduled with the Tennessee Titans. Chris Culliver visited with Washington, and reportedly has some interest from the Minnesota Vikings.
Baalke spoke about the position during his Wednesday media session (transcript):
Feel good about it. Feel real good about it. We've got Tramaine Brock coming back. Dontae Johnson, a young guy that played well last year when he had the opportunity. Jimmie Ward coming back to play in the slot. We've got two guys that we drafted a year ago that weren't able to play - Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker. We've got those guys in the mix. We're working on a couple of other things still, and then we've got a draft. I can see the thought process that you may have, but internally, feel good about the group and where it can go.
Baalke specifically says the team is looking at a couple things along with the draft, which would seem to indicate they are kicking the tires on free agent or trade possibilities. There was a strong market of cornerbacks, but the big names are getting locked down pretty quickly. Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie both signed with the New York Jets. Brandon Flowers and Kareem Jackson re-signed with the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans, respectively. Brandon Browner is joining the New Orleans Saints. And of course, Byron Maxwell signed his big deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
It sounds like Cully has been doing some travels, but things have been relatively quiet on the rumor front. Normally we would hear about more of his visits, if there had been more. Maybe there have, maybe there haven't, I don't really know.
It is entirely possible one of the two cornerbacks could be back in San Francisco this season, but for now, it seems unlikely. The rest of the free agent market still includes guys like Tramon Williams, Tarell Brown, Rashean Mathis, Patrick Robinson, Zachary Bowman, and Robert McClain. If the 49ers do sign another free agent, I could see a veteran that is a bit cheaper, and then hitting the draft for one or two options. I don't anticipate a huge investment in the position at this point.