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March 16, 2014
Cornerback Walter Thurmond to sign with Giants


Walter Thurmond has left the building. According to a number of reports, the former Seahawks cornerback will sign a one-year deal with the Giants. The contract, for $3.5 million, is similar to the one Tarell Brown signed with the Raiders last week, which makes sense because they are represented by the same agent.

Thurmond was attractive to the 49ers because he had played the nickel cornerback position with the Seahawks. The only two players who manned that spot in San Francisco for the last three years, Carlos Rogers and Perrish Cox, are both free agents. Thurmond visited Jacksonville and the 49ers before agreeing with the Giants.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders never showed up for his Saturday meeting with the 49ers. He instead will sign a deal with the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter first reporter. Three other wideouts the 49ers were interested in also will sign elsewhere: Golden Tate with the Lions, Hakeem Nicks with the Colts and Julian Edelman with the Patriots.

The common thread for the cornerbacks and wide receivers the 49ers have considered so far? They're either 26 or 27 years old. Who else fits that description? Here's a list:

Tandan Doss 24
Kenny Britt 25
Sidney Rice 28
Damian Williams 26
Danario Alexander 26
Lavelle Hawkins 28
Austin Collie 28
Mario Manningham 27
Louis Murphy 27
Jacoby Ford 27
Marlon Moore 26

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 28
Aaron Berry 25
Perrish Cox 27
Javier Arenas 26
Chris Owens 27
Bryan McCann 26

-- Matt Barrows 26


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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