Posted: 9:01 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013
By David Fucillo
NFL free agency negotiations are under way, and we have two early moves to report involving the Atlanta Falcons. Recently released Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and the safety William Moore has re-signed with the Falcons. Robinson was allowed to sign a contract with the Chiefs because he was released before free agency began.
The Moore signing is of note because he was the other top safety on the market next to Dashon Goldson. His return to the Falcons is not remotely surprising, as both sides indicated they wanted to continue their relationship. However, it is that first domino in the safety market.
Robinson was not necessarily on the 49ers radar, but given the glut of cornerbacks available, this is of note. The 49ers are likely in the market for some cornerback depth, but Robinson was probably going to be a little bit too rich for their blood. There were reports back at the Combine that the 49ers were talking with cornerback agents, but it remains to be seen how deep they'll get into that pool.
In other potential news, the Baltimore Ravens have reportedly asked wide receiver Anquan Boldin to take a pay cut or they will release him. At one point after the Super Bowl, Boldin said he would either play for the Ravens or retire. We might get to see if that was just post-Super Bowl glow, or if he really will follow through with that. FOX Sports' Alex Marvez is reporting a source indicating Boldin might be having second thoughts about that statement.
If Boldin decides to sign on with another team, I wouldn't mind seeing the 49ers take a run at him. Boldin would be a very strong complement to Michael Crabtree. If Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams both can recover sufficiently, this would give them an incredibly deep wide receiver corps. And with Manningham potentially spending most if not all of training camp on the PUP list, A.J. Jenkins would still get plenty of opportunities to earn a bigger role on the team.