10 Available Free Agents Who Could Still Help the San Francisco 49ers in 2016
By Peter Panacy
No. 2: Cornerback Chris Culliver
This probably won’t happen, but the 49ers could go after recently released cornerback — and former Niner — Chris Culliver.
Culliver broke out in 2014, his last season with the 49ers, and ended up posting a plus-10.7 pass-coverage grade over his final 13 games of the year, according to Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus.
This led to Culliver’s big pay day with the Washington Redskins on the free-agent market the subsequent year, but the cornerback’s efforts in Washington were far from desirable.
And the Redskins didn’t exactly need him after signing free-agent cornerback Josh Norman earlier in the offseason.
David Fucillo of Niners Nation doesn’t see the 49ers trying to lure Culliver back to the Bay Area, based on their young crop of up-and-coming corners alone. But, as noted earlier, what if this depth doesn’t pan out?
Why He Could Help
Culliver’s best season came with the 49ers, although that was with former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and former defensive backs coach Ed Donatell. The scheme is entirely different now, and who knows if Culliver would be able to adjust.
He does, however, have continuity with defensive backs Eric Reid, Antoine Bethea and Tramaine Brock. That could only help.
Next: Linebacker Mike Neal