Free agent safety Mike Adams may be on the 49ers radar

Tom Pennington

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly been in touch with free agent safety Mike Adams. We take a look at the safety depth chart in the meantime.

The San Francisco 49ers have a full 90-man roster, but that has not stopped the team from pondering small adjustments. Free agent safety Mike Adams told SiriusXM NFL host Alex Marvez that the San Francisco 49ers are one of several teams to express some interest. The one-time 49ers safety (and with the Denver Broncos this past season) also mentioned the Browns, Jets and Patriots. Adams originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He spent three seasons with the team before joining the Cleveland Browns. He spent five seasons in Cleveland before joining the Broncos.

The 49ers safety depth chart is set as follows, to some extent:

Free safety: Eric Reid, Craig Dahl, L.K. McCray, D.J. Campbell
Strong safety: Antoine Bethea, C.J. Spillman, Ray Ventrone

That group does not include rookie defensive backs Jimmie Ward or Dontae Johnson. Both are expected to spend more time at cornerback in 2014, but both have the versatility to potentially play some safety.

The 49ers have a potentially strong pair of starters at safety, but their depth is lacking. Dahl and Spillman are primarily special teams players. Neither has been overly impressive in limited work at safety, with Dahl in particular struggling to do a whole lot of much in place of Reid. Adams is not exactly going to create a rock of depth, but it would at least create a little bit more competition in the back end of the secondary.

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