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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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Eric Reid has spent around 4 weeks in free agency without an official visit to a team. A combination of his protest or a slow safety market may have had an effect, but he will officially have one now. Eric will meet with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers are moving forward with Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert as their safeties, so Eric went looking for a starting job elsewhere. He could still resign with the 49ers if he doesn’t sign elsewhere. The 49ers will likely take a safety in the draft to bolster their depth with Jimmie Ward moving back to corner.

The 49ers hosted 2 official visits with players on Monday. Washington wide receiver and punt returner Dante Pettis visited with the team. He set the NCAA record with the most punt returns for touchdowns. He is the 3rd receiver to visit with the team. The 49ers also hosted West Virigina safety Kyzir White, who is a projected 2nd or 3rd rounder. He made 94 tackles, forced 2 fumbles, and had 3 interceptions in his last year at West Virginia. He could back up Jaquiski Tartt.

With the free agent signing of Jerrick McKinnon, the return of Joe Williams from injury, and the emergence of Matt Brieda last season, the 49ers have a stable of running backs that they like. But after ranking 20th in rushing last season, the 49ers could still take another running back in this draft. The headliner is Saquon Barkley, but he is the best player in the draft and doesn’t figure to be available with the 9th pick. Kyle Shanahan’s teams usually select a running back at some point in the draft. Kyle uses a stable of running backs and he could still use a big running back for short yardage and goal line situations. Don’t count the 49ers out of selecting a running back in the later rounds.

49ers links

Changing this entire offseason | Jimmy G’s effect on Kirk Cousins’ pursuit (Wagoner)

Could be a weapon on special teams | Dante Pettis visiting 49ers (Maiocco)

Hoping he’s available at #9 | Quenton Nelson (Williams)

5 needs (Biderman)

Not out of the running | Overlooking another O-lineman in 1st round? (Biderman)

Good luck in his visit | Eric Reid to visit Bengals (Smith)

1st free agent visit for Reid (Biderman)

Hope he lands with a team | Eric Reid (Inman)

Took 4 weeks for Reid to get a visit (Barrows)

Safety visits ahead of draft (Maiocco)

Mock 3.0 (Cohn)

Who could the 49ers draft? | RBs to look for (Biderman)