Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but you get the idea.
The San Francisco 49ers are a mere two-and-a-half weeks away from their first practice, and only two weeks away from quarterbacks, injured players, and rookies. That means we are slowly coming down the home stretch of our 90-in-90 series. We still have some big name veterans to cover, but we also have some rookies competing more for practice squad opportunities than anything else.
Today is one of the latter group. The 49ers announced the bulk of their UDFA signings on May 6, and Colorado safety Jered Bell was in that group. He spent six years at Colorado, after knee injuries cost him the 2011 and 2014 seasons. I was unable to come across much in the way of scouting reports, but that Ralphie Report link has some interesting information that might help explain the signing. Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre was the San Jose State head coach from 2010 to 2012, so he might have developed a rapport with Trent Baalke. Additionally, the Buffaloes defensive coordinator last season was Jim Leavitt. For those who don’t remember that name, he coached the 49ers linebackers from 2011 to 2014, before departing with much of Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff. I don’t know what his relationship was like with Trent Baalke, but if it was any good, he might have been one to put in a good word about Bell.
Appeared in 49 games (20 starts) during his career with the Buffaloes and registered 134 tackles, 8 INTs and 6 PDs. As a senior, appeared in all 13 games (6 starts) and recorded 43 tackles and 2 PDs while tying for the team lead with 3 INTs. In 2014, missed the entire season due to injury. As a junior, played in all 12 games (11 starts) and registered 67 tackles, 6 PDs, 3 INTs, 2 FFs and 1 FR. In 2012, appeared in all 12 games (2 starts) and recorded 13 tackles and 1 FR. Redshirted due to injury in 2011. As a freshman, saw action in all 12 games (1 start) and registered 11 tackles. Attended Colony (Ontario, CA) HS, where he recorded 47 tackles and 5 INTs while leading his team to a league title as a senior. Born 1/19/92 in Pasadena, CA.
Weight: 205 lbs
Signed three-year UDFA deal, earning a $2,500 signing bonus. If he makes the roster, his base salary will be $450,000, and his cap hit will be $450,833.
What to expect in 2016
The 49ers safety position is among the deeper on the roster. There are still some questions, but Bell would seem to be competing for a spot on the practice squad. He’ll get plenty of work in the preseason, and his best chance of landing a spot on the 53-man roster is if he shines on special teams in a big way.
Odds of making the roster
I don’t even know if I would say slim at this point. Injuries could certainly change things up, but the practice squad seems the most likely destination for Bell if he is going to remain with the 49ers. Of course, given that he is already 24 and played six years of college, I’m curious to see if the 49ers think he can develop further, or if they decide he has a limited ceiling.