The San Francisco 49ers signed another safety this week, but it’s still not a big name like Charles Woodson we were expecting. On Thursday, the team announced they have re-signed safety and special team’s player Darcel McBath to a one-year contract.
Last Saturday, the 49ers signed former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl to a three-year, $5 million deal. While Dahl is expected to compete for a starting job at safety, McBath was signed more for his special team’s skills, than what he does at safety. Even though he played on just 36 defensive snaps, he appeared in all 16 regular season games and three playoffs games last season. He finished the season with eight special-teams tackles.
If you recall, McBath made the tackle on Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker on the fake field goal in the first half of the Super Bowl. The tackle basically kept the Niners in the game and allowed them to surge back in the second half.
Even though McBath was mainly re-signed for his abilities on special teams, he will compete for the starting job at free safety with Dahl, C.J. Spillman, Trenton Robinson and Michael Thomas. Don’t expect McBath to be the final safety the 49ers sign. Charles Woodson has not scheduled visits with any other teams and the 49ers are the only organization to bring the safety in to talk about signing him. Here is Woodson on the lack of interest from teams in free agency:
I thought it would be a little more interest. I think, looking back, this is my second time in free agency and I’ve kind of been shunned both times. So I guess this time around, I’m a little more patient with it and just waiting around to see what happens. I don’t take it personal. I understand how the game goes, I’ve seen it for 15 years now, and I’ve seen how it works. Just got to have a little patience.