After the recent development of Tramaine Brock’s arrest for domestic violence, the cornerback is being released by the 49ers. The entirety of this after the incident happened at 9:35 PM PT on Thursday.
What this means for the 49ers on defense moving forward
As of now, the 49ers will be going into the 2017 season without one of their starting cornerbacks. Meaning that the starters will most likely be Jimmie Ward and Rashard Robinson and that the 49ers will need to figure out who will be the nickel cornerback. It will probably be nickel specialist and recent addition, K’Waun Williams. However, with the draft coming closer with each week, they may instead draft someone who will replace the productivity that Brock left behind. It’s unlikely that they will use the number two overall pick on a cornerback, but rather later on. Not to forget, the possibility of acquiring Richard Sherman through a trade in a very unlikely scenario. The possibilities are endless as to what the 49ers will do to replace Brock.
What this means for the 49ers’ front office moving forward
The 49ers have a much different culture than the one implemented by Trent Baalke at the helm. Long gone are the days in which guys like Aldon Smith and Ray McDonald were granted all of the passes in the world by the men in the press boxes. It shows that no matter how talented the player, they will be given the same punishment regardless of what they’ve done for the team in the past.
Brock was a great cornerback for the team. However, that’s not going to cut it anymore with this new regime. John Lynch recognizes that keeping him would create a bad image for the public and he made the right choice. It might’ve hurt the team, but it was the correct move going forward.