Three of the 49ers’ top cornerbacks had contracts that expired after this season. That number is now down to two.
The team has announced that cornerback Tramaine Brock has signed a four-year extension, putting him under contract through 2017.
“Tramaine is a great example of what hard work and dedication can lead to,” 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke said in a team-issued release. “He has taken advantage of his opportunities since signing with our team as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has certainly earned this extension. Extending the contracts of our young and talented players has always been, and will continue to be, one of our primary goals.”
Per multiple reports, Brock will make $16 million over four years, with $7 million guaranteed.
The decision to pay Brock could mean that Tarell Brown, who also is set to become a free agent and currently has a rib injury, could be on the way out.
Brock previously played corner on the right side in nickel situations. If Brown can’t play, Brock will be the corner on the right side on a full-time basis.
Brown’s situation became complicated after he failed to show up for offseason workouts, triggering a $2 million drop in his 2013 base salary. The team claimed that it didn’t alert Brown to the potential loss of money because it wasn’t aware of his situation, an excuse that no one who understands how the 49ers ordinarily operate believes.