Posted: 2:47 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013
By David Fucillo
The cornerback market came into NFL free agency in a fairly saturated state, and that market is slowly starting to dry up. As the San Francisco 49ers continue their pursuit of Nnamdi Asomugha, things might slowly be bending in their favor. As cornerbacks are signed, it removes potential destinations for Nnamdi, thus potentially also lowering his asking price.
Sean Smith signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, netting a three year deal for $18 million. The 49ers had been connected with Smith, but I will forever remain convinced this was as much his agent driving things as anything else. I suppose I could be wrong, but even at $6 million (he reportedly wanted $7M+), I just didn't see the 49ers getting in on that action. If they did, it was simply window-shopping.
The New Orleans Saints have been considered in the Nnamdi market, but they too might be out. Reports indicate they are close to a deal with Keenan Lewis. If they land Lewis, that would seem to remove them from the Nnamdi "sweepstakes".
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh actually confirmed Nnamdi's visit during a passing chat with Matt Barrows.
Harbaugh said he had to get back to 49ers HQ to meet with free agent safety Louis Delmas. Also confirmed visits by Asomugha & Skuta.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) March 14, 2013
Offseason Harbaugh seems much more inclined to chat than in-season Harbaugh. This isn't shocking, but still interesting to consider. If you see him between now and August, get your questions in!