No. 3: Cornerback Jason Verrett
Jason Verrett, a six-year veteran cornerback initially taken by the then-San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, has been a massive disappointment. Sadly for Verrett, injuries have been a theme over his career, although the Niners were willing to take a chance on him to help a secondary which had questions entering 2019.
Using the word “veteran” feels off, given he only played one game with the 49ers this year, though.
Saying Verrett “played one game” also feels a bit off, as he only played four snaps on defense and only 10 on special teams, all in Week 3 of the regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Verrett’s contribution to that game was detrimental.
To be fair, when Verrett was on the field that day, he did make his presence known by allowing a massive 38-yard touchdown to Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson:
If this was a one-off situation, fine. Anyone can have an off day in the NFL any given Sunday. However Verrett, a key member of the IR squad, has only played a total of six games in the last three years.
Verrett was signed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal in March of 2019, so it’s time to move on. Given San Francisco has zero commitment to him in 2020, that won’t be a problem.