Jimmy Johnson, Eric Wright, Deion Sanders, Don Griffin, Eric Davis, Abe Woodson
Gosh, just think of Deion Sanders as a backup.
Well, it’s deserved. At least on this list, as Sanders played his lone season in San Francisco in 1994. Granted, the 49ers won the Super Bowl that year, so it’s OK. But he’d have to have stayed longer to classify for starter’s status.
Even if that had been the case, Sanders would have had a hard time beating out cornerbacks Eric Wright and Jimmy Johnson.
With little doubt, Johnson is the best cornerback in franchise history, having played a lengthy 16-year career with the Niners. During that stretch from 1961 through 1976, Johnson was named to the Pro Bowl five times and received four first-team All-Pro nominations. And while Ronnie Lott still holds the franchise’s lead in interceptions, Johnson’s 47 are just four behind.
Deservedly so, Johnson was named to the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Meanwhile, Eric Wright is about as good a No. 2 corner the team could have on this 53-man roster. Let’s throw in eight-year Niner Don Griffin in there too.
Lastly, particularly for his contributions in the return game, five-time Pro Bowler Abe Woodson makes the cut based on his efforts from the late 1950s and early 1960s.