The 49ers are among the teams with interest in cornerback David Amerson, his agent tells Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. San Francisco has yet to schedule a visit, but that’s probably not far off.
The Niners have a clear need at cornerback as Ahkello Witherspoon and Greg Mabin are their only outside CBs signed for 2018. Dontae Johnson, who started every game for SF last year, is eligible for free agency and Barrows writes that the team is not expected to bring him back. Johnson graded out as the third worst qualified cornerback in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
So far, Amerson has visited with the Bears and Texans and he reportedly has three more visits on the horizon. If the Niners are serious about adding the veteran, they may need to move quickly before another team signs him.
It’s unusual for a quality free agent to pop up in early February, but that’s exactly what happened when the Raiders cut Amerson right after the Super Bowl. Teams that are looking to fortify their CB group could sign Amerson now and take one item off of their checklist when free agency opens up in mid-March. Signing Amerson would inhibit a club’s ability to spend on bigger fish, but that’s not a big deal for the Niners who have $74.5MM in cap room to work with.
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