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Are there any free agent safeties the 49ers should take a look at?

Position by position, we’re going to look at the free agents and see if there’s anyone you’d want to throw some money at.

Pat’s update: A couple hours after this posted it was announced that Eric Reid signed with the Carolina Panthers. He’s not available.

The San Francisco 49ers safety position was thought to be figured out in 2018. Eric Reid had departed since the 49ers didn’t know what to do with him and they had cheaper options available. Adrian Colbert thumped fools like the best of them, Jaquiski Tartt hit like a freight train, Jimmie Ward was the first off the bench if needed, and they had rookies Marcell Harris/D.J. Reed drafted and waiting in the wings. What could go wrong?

Well, pretty much everything.

All but the two draft picks got put on IR and the 49ers were scrambling for bodies. D.J. Reed wasn’t much help anyways as he was sent to play nickel corner for injuries at that position. Backups of backups. The lack of Eric Reid made its presence known but as things were getting bad, he had already signed with the Carolina Panthers before the any possible conversation could get started.

So it’s almost like going back to square one. Tartt hasn’t started a full season of games and while Colbert got sent to IR rather early, he didn’t look near as good. There’s the two starters right there and it’s not as shut and sealed. The 49ers are going to need a safety. Whether it’s a draft, a free agent or both, they will need to get somebody.

Which brings us to the star of the show: Earl Thomas. To sum everything up, he’s pretty much played his last game in a Seahawks uniform and will be looking to a new team. Signs point to the Dallas Cowboys (including a tampering case), but the 49ers are a definite contender. For one thing, the system fit means less time trying to learn the scheme and more time planning for the season of opponents. For another the 49ers have Richard Sherman who was a key cog with Thomas in the Seahawks Legion of Boom. The 49ers couldn’t have asked for a better salesman in that regard. Thomas has a chance to join a familiar system, with familiar teammates, and extract revenge on the Seahawks twice a year. The 49ers need him, and maybe, just maybe he needs the 49ers.

Of course, they might not get him. So who’s left? Well if we’re looking for players who want to even the score with their previous team, Tyrann Mathieu is available. While Mathieu has more experience in a 3-4 defense. He could contribute, has age on his side, and would be motivated to take out his original team, the Arizona Cardinals.

Another name is Landon Collins from the New York Giants. Collins’ 2018 was a bit of a step back from previous seasons, but he could be a solid addition to the 49ers defense just looking for something dependable. With four seasons under his belt, Collins managed to play two of them the full 16 games, one with 15 games, and the aforementioned 2018 where things were cut short due to injury. Collins is young, but could be a nice fit for the 49ers.

Reid is also available. The 49ers did make him an offer for 2018, but it was to be a backup to Tartt and Colbert. Now that his year with the Carolina Panthers has concluded, perhaps Reid and the 49ers can rekindle a discussion? Doubtful, but maybe.

Here’s the list of the free agent safeties per Over the Cap. Things could change with franchise tags and deals, but all of the below have contracts expiring. Would you be interested in any of these guys coming to Santa Clara?

Free Agent Safeties

Player Team Age
Player Team Age
Lamarcus Joyner Rams 29
Earl Thomas Seahawks 30
Tyrann Mathieu Texans 27
Marcus Gilchrist Raiders 31
Chris Conte Buccaneers 30
Brynden Trawick Titans 30
Mike Adams Panthers 38
Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix Washington 27
Chris Maragos Eagles 32
Rontez Miles Jets 31
Corey Graham Eagles 34
Landon Collins Giants 25
Reggie Nelson Raiders 36
Adrian Phillips Chargers 27
Tre Boston Cardinals 27
Eric Reid Panthers 28
Chris Banjo Saints 29
Colin Jones Panthers 32
Kenny Vaccaro Titans 28
Kemal Ishmael Falcons 28
Jordan Richards Falcons 26
Ron Parker Chiefs 32
Mike Mitchell Colts 32
Kendrick Lewis Titans 31
Jaylen Watkins Chargers 27
George Iloka Vikings 29
Mo Alexander Seahawks 28
Nat Berhe Steelers 28
Eddie Pleasant Packers 31
J.J. Wilcox Colts 28
Anthony Harris Vikings 27
Ibraheim Campbell Packers 26
Josh Shaw Buccaneers 27
Antone Exum 49ers 28
Clayton Geathers Colts 26
Tyvis Powell 49ers 25
T.J. Green Seahawks 24
Corey Moore Colts 26
Erik Harris Raiders 29
Curtis Riley Giants 27
Darian Thompson Cowboys 26
Jordan Lucas Chiefs 26
Andrew Adams Buccaneers 27
Adrian Amos Bears 26
Ronald Martin Colts 26
DeAndre Houston-Carson Bears 26
Doug Middleton Jets 26
Shalom Luani Seahawks 25
Maurice Smith Dolphins 24
Jordan Dangerfield Steelers 29
Jermaine Whitehead Browns 26
Matthias Farley Colts 27
Briean Boddy-Calhoun Browns 26
Jarrod Wilson Jaguars 25
Kentrell Brice Packers 25
Blake Countess Rams 26
Brandon Wilson Bengals 25
Isaiah Johnson Buccaneers 27
Charles Washington Lions 26
T.J. Mutcherson Seahawks 27
Damian Parms Panthers 27
Malik Golden Steelers 26
Rickey Jefferson Saints 25
Dymonte Thomas Broncos 26