SANTA CLARA — Charles Woodson's final three seasons with the Raiders overlapped with Nnamdi Asomugha's first three. A reunion could be in the making eight year later with the 49ers, according to a former teammate.
Akbar Gbajabiamila, a retired player now working with the NFL Network, reported early Friday on Twitter that the 49ers are "in serious discussions" with Woodson and Asomugha, a pair of free agent cornerbacks.
It's unkown if the extent of those "discussions" is anything beyond their free agent visits in the past two days.
Woodson's agent, Carl Poston, said Thursday that he hadn't even talked about a potential contract with the 49ers before Woodson left the Bay Area following his Wednesday visit.
Poston did not immediately respond Friday morning for a request seeking comment, nor did Asomugha's agent, Ben Dogra.
In reporting that Asomugha left the 49ers facility after 8 p.m. Thursday, Gbajabiamila hinted about Asomugha's and Woodson's imminent signing: "I predict The Bay Area will return two of its favorite sons in free agency."
Gbajabiamila played linebacker for the Raiders in 2003-04 when Asomugha and Woodson were teammates there, too.
The Raiders struggled mightily -- for myriad reasons beyond the secondary — when Asomugha and Woodson were teammates, going 13-35 combined in those three seasons and finishing no better than 5-12.
Woodson missed 14 of 48 games during that stretch, including the final 10 games with a broken right leg. Although he's an eight-time Pro Bowler, Woodson didn't earn any of those nods between 2002-07.
Asomugha, the Raiders' first-round pick in 2003, had no interceptions in those three seasons with Woodson and didn't become a full-time starter until 2005.
To bring in that high-profile duo, that likely would force the 49ers to dump two other defensive backs, unless Woodson really is capable of being a full-time free safety, a role that became vacant when Dashon Goldson signed Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Woodson also excels as a slot cornerback, a position that Carlos Rogers has filled to the past two years when rotating over as the 49ers' starting left cornerback.