The 49ers today tendered a one-year contract to restricted free agent Tramaine Brock. The 49ers offered Brock, a cornerback, the lowest tender level, the so-called "original-level" tender worth $1.323 million. Because Brock went undrafted in 2010, the 49ers would not be compensated with a draft pick if another team signed him but they would get the opportunity to match any offers he receives.
Brock, 24, is the rare restricted free agent who could see some action on the market. He plays a coveted position and got some experience in 2011 - he had interceptions in each of the 49ers' first two games - before suffering a hand injury. He was the team's No. 5 cornerback this year behind Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox and played special teams. If he signed his tender, Brock would become an unrestricted free agent next year.
Interestingly, the team has not yet tendered their other restricted free agent, safety Darcel McBath. They have until March 12 to do that. The team is expected to allow last year's starter at free safety, Dashon Goldson, to reach free agency, and McBath was seen as one of the players who could compete at the spot if Goldson went elsewhere.
The 49ers also formally announced the signing of wide receiver Joe Hastings, who eventually made the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of Washburn in 2011. Hastings suffered a leg injury in the 2012 training camp and was released before the season.
-- Matt Barrows