San Francisco 49ers
Well, it hasn’t exactly happened.
Before suffering what is likely a season-ending ankle injury in Week 7, Colbert’s 31.7 Pro Football Focus grade made him the lowest-ranked starting safety in the entire NFL. With a single-high free safety being a massively important piece in defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s Cover 3 system, Colbert needed to replicate the rangy, hard-hitting abilities he flashed towards the end of last season.
Instead, Colbert was more prone to taking poor angles and missing plenty of assignments. Inconsistency and injury eventually led to D.J. Reed seeing time at the position and, most recently, defensive back Jimmie Ward.
Tartt has been more effective than Colbert, sure. After all, he’s second on the defense in tackles (31) but has also been beset by various injuries, appearing in just six of the Niners’ eight games this year. And the lack of depth behind him has hurt, particularly in the 49ers’ 18-15 Week 8 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
It’s looking like safety will be yet another one of the many San Francisco needs this offseason.