The San Francisco 49ers were kind enough to give Tarell Brown an early Christmas gift which allowed the defensive back to recoup money lost in a bad agent deal. But that’s as far as the good will may extend between the two after San Francisco locked up fellow cornerback Tramaine Brock earlier this season, a suggestion that may have Brown testing free agency.

Brown was the 49ers number two defensive back this season but was seemingly outplayed by Brock and it appears San Francisco is ready to give Brock the starting job come next season. That doesn’t mean San Francisco wouldn’t like to retain Brown, but he would most likely need to accept a team-friendly deal for such to happen.

He is a free agent. He said he wants to return. I could see Brown exploring the open market, but I can also see him coming back. Last year, there were several cornerbacks that got less than what they expected in free agency. If the market is the same this year — there is no reason to think it won’t be — the 49ers might be able to bring the solid player back at a team-friendly deal.