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March 13, 2013
Nnamdi to Niners? Consider what happened two years ago


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


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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