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49ers pick up Eric Reid fifth-year option

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The San Francisco 49ers have locked up Eric Reid through the 2017 season. The team picked up his option for 2017, which is guaranteed for injury.

Fooch's note: The 49ers officially confirmed the option was picked up.

The San Francisco 49ers have picked up the fifth-year option of safety Eric Reid. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport tweeted the team did so over the weekend. The 49ers have not yet announced the decision. Concussion issues might have raised some questions, but given that Reid has been the starting free safety all three years, it is not a shock the team picked up the option.

The option covers Reid's 2017 season, with a base salary of $5,676,000. It does not include any bonuses, so his cap hit for 2017 would be that base salary. His salary is immediately guaranteed for injury, but does not become fully guaranteed until the start of the 2017 league year. In the meantime, Reid is due $1,561,467 this fall, and has a cap hit of $2,698,422.

Trent Baalke was asked about Reid's future last week during his pre-draft press conference. He seemed confident Reid would be back in 2017 in some form or fashion:

"We're definitely looking at both options," Baalke said. "If we could get something done longer, we'll look at that. We're also looking at the fifth-year option as well. I would expect him back for sure one way or another (in 2017)."

The 49ers can get a long-term deal done at any time, so that will be something to track through the rest of this offseason. After the selection of Will Redmond, Baalke talked about Jimmie Ward eventually transitioning to safety. That raises some questions about the safety position, with Eric Reid and Jaquiski Tartt both potential long-term options. Redmond actually needs to be practicing at training camp and 100 percent back from his torn ACL, but if he is, it will be interesting to see what kind of depth chart shuffle that leads to over the next year or two.