Originally posted by OnTheClock:
From all reports I read, the team is going to try to re-sign him to keep their front 7 intact and the team is going to have maintaining their front 7 as priority over their secondary.
I think in that system, their cornerback's are interchangeable, they could afford to let Sherman and Maxwell walk and replace them with someone who can play a similar role. They already have that "someone" on the roster. Tharold Simon of LSU is a 6'3" cornerback they are developing along with DeShawn Snead, a long term practice squad player, those are the guys who will be replacing Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner.
The keys to that defense are Earl Thomas and their front 7. So I do think it is prudent to expect that team to be tough defensively for the long haul, their model of taking late round cornerback's and developing them into starters will continue to work as long as the NFL allows them to get away with the constant holding and pass interference.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM ]