Another league year arrives, and once again the Jacksonville Jaguars are significant players. The Jaguars are back to defend their offseason Super Bowl championship, and this year it includes high profile signings on the defensive side of the ball. The Jaguars opened free agency by signing cornerback A.J. Bouye to a five-year, $67.5 million deal, and defensive end Calais Campbell to a four-year, $60 million contract.
Jaguars jokes aside, the Bouye signing takes the biggest fish off the cornerback market. I mention this because some national folks suggested the 49ers would invest heavily in cornerback. The 49ers don’t have a pure No. 1 shutdown corner, but I see a cornerback depth chart that is better than some might think. Even if Jimmie Ward moves to the free safety position, you can do worse than Tramaine Brock and Rashard Robinson.
That being said, I do think the 49ers invest in the position. The difference being that rather than spend top dollar on the free agent market, why not spend a draft pick or two in what is being described as the deepest cornerback draft class in years? The 49ers are not a single cornerback away from turning around the defense. They need to keep building depth all along the defense, including cornerback, but there is no reason to spend a huge chunk of change in free agency this year.