If you were holding out hope the San Francisco 49ers would sign Joe Haden, you can shoot that down quickly. Shortly after 1 p.m. PT, when Haden could sign with another team, the Pittsburgh Steelers locked him up quickly. Haden signed a three-year deal worth $27 million, including $7 million guaranteed in the first year.
Adam Schefter is reporting Haden received larger offers from other teams, but turned them down because he wanted to join the Steelers. 49ers GM John Lynch said he would discuss Haden with Kyle Shanahan, but Lynch never said if he was going to be pushing for or against Haden. The 49ers play on Thursday, and it would not surprise me if Shanahan got a question about Haden after the game. And if not then, maybe in his day-after conference call.
Whatever the case, the 49ers will likely head into the season with a starting cornerback trio of Rashard Robinson, Dontae Johnson, and nickel back K’Waun Williams. Will Redmond is competing behind Williams, while Keith Reaser, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Will Davis are competing for opportunities outside. There is a decent chance Robinson and Johnson get Thursday off, and given Williams left Sunday’s game early, I doubt we see him. The reserves will get plenty of time to prove they belong.