Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that the felony domestic violence case against former 49ers CB Tramaine Brock has been dismissed on Wednesday, due to a lack of evidence.
Brock was accused of punching his girlfriend in the face and attempting to strangle her multiple times, including once as she was holding their 1-year-old child. He was facing up to five years in prison had he been convicted.
This is actually pretty big news, as Brock is by far the best available free agent right now and happens to play a premium position at a time when there are a number of teams that could use cornerback help.
A few months back, Jason Cole of B/R reported that several NFL teams were keeping tabs on Brock in the event that district attorney in Santa Clara, California did not pursue charges against him for the domestic violence incident.
Sources told Cole that Brock had been in line to make as much as $10-$11 million per year in a new contract prior to his release by the 49ers.
Brock, 28, wound up signing on with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Belhaven College back in 2010. He was in the final year of his five-year, $17.323 million contract and set to make a base salary of $3.1 million for the 2017 season when the 49ers cut him in a move that freed up $3.55 million of available cap space.
In 2016, Brock appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers and recorded 59 tackles, no sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and 14 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 23 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.