The 49ers appear to be playing another round of Last Cornerback Standing.
Two years ago, you might recall, was a big period for free-agent cornerbacks, and the 49ers were mentioned in conjunction with the top names - Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Joseph and Antonio Cromartie. But they didn't make a move on any of them, waiting instead for the market to cool off and signing the best remaining cornerback, Carlos Rogers, to a modest, one-year deal.
They seem to be taking a similar approach this year. They were one of the top teams eyeing 6-3 Miami cornerback Sean Smith in the run-up to free agency but have backed off for now. They also are one of the teams showing interest in 6-2 Asomugha, a league source said this afternoon. Pro Football Talk reported that the Texans, Broncos, Saints and Cardinals also are interested in the former Cal star.
Asomugha, of course, signed a big, five-year, $60 million deal with Philadelphia in 2011. The Eagles released him this week. Obviously, Asomugha, 32, will be a lot cheaper this time around. How much cheaper? The answer to that will determine whether he ends up with the 49ers.
- Matt Barrows