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Report: 49ers to bring in CB DeShawn Shead for a visit

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The 49ers need more depth at cornerback, and DeShawn Shead brings considerable size.

The San Francisco 49ers signed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman over the weekend, and they are interested in another ex-Seahawk cornerback. DeShawn Shead, released by the Seahawks on Monday, has a visit planned with the 49ers on Wednesday, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. Shead has a visit on Tuesday with the Detroit Lions.

Shead played in two games this past season after a slow recovery from a torn ACL in the playoffs following the 2016 season. He stands 6’2, 212 pounds, which would be ideal size for the 49ers press coverage. Currently, Sherman would start opposite Ahkello Witherspoon, with K’Waun Williams playing in the slot. Shead would provide competition outside, and strong depth behind Witherspoon and Sherman.

The 49ers could still end up adding a young cornerback in the draft. Several mock drafts had them selecting a cornerback with the ninth overall pick. The addition of Sherman (and potentially Shead) would not remove the need from the draft board, but it would seemingly lower it a little bit.