One of the bigger question marks going into training camp for the San Francisco 49ers was their depth at safety. With camp winding down and the regular season coming into view, it seems like safety isn’t near as much of a problem. Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward are holding down the strong and free safety spots respectively—for now. Tarvarius Moore is pushing Ward and might emerge as the long-term solution at FS. Adrian Colbert is also in the mix but seems to be hot and cold.
The 49ers have some good players for the position, but they come with concerns of durability. Plus, you can always go and make the team better. News on Sunday came out that two safeties have been released, Josh Jones from the Green Bay Packers and T.J. McDonald from the Miami Dolphins.
Jones was released from the Packers with a non-football illness designation. Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports that the “illness” was hyperthyroidism and it can be treated. It also was not “anything that would prevent him from playing.” Outside of the release, Jones was buried on a depth chart in Green Bay and started the 2019 season not showing up to the offseason program and requesting a trade. Before all of this madness, Jones was a 2017 second-round pick by the Packers. He had a lot of flashes early in his career, but he just couldn’t get it together. While listed as a safety, Jones also took snaps as a linebacker, so he has some versatility there as well. For 2018, Jones finished with two passed defended, 55 tackles, and one sack.
Then there’s McDonald. McDonald started as strong safety for the Dolphins. The move is a bit surprising since the Dolphins eat $4.6 million in dead money for 2019 along with another $1.9 million in 2020. He signed a big deal in Miami for 2017 but played in just eight games. 2018 was a bit more respectable with him starting in 14 games. His 2018 numbers were nothing to sneeze at either with three interceptions, five passes defended, one fumble recovery and 86 tackles. As to why he was released? The Dolphins are beginning a rebuilding project, and a high-priced free agent was apparently not in the plans.
Between the two, McDonald seems like the player that won’t be a free agent for one. It looks like his release came down to money and possible scheme fit. Jones couldn’t crack into the starting lineup it seems like.
So that leads us back to the 49ers. Does either of these safeties seem like someone worth bringing to the 49ers? Or are you fine with what they are rolling out?
Should the 49ers bring in one of the recently released safeties?
This poll is closed
YES! Give me some Josh Jones
YES! Give me some T.J. McDonald
YES! Sign them both. We’re the 49ers, we can do whatever we want!
NO! I’m happy with what the 49ers have at the position, both free and strong.