49ers: 5 players who are playing final season with San Francisco

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San Francisco 49ers, Jaquiski Tartt
Jaquiski Tartt #29 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

No. 3: 49ers Safety Jaquiski Tartt

The Niners finally got the kind of production out of safety Jaquiski Tartt they were hoping for when they selected him in Round 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Tartt finished 2019 with 48 tackles, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries, which helped him earn a solid 66.4 overall Pro Football Focus grade on the season. And Tartt was a big reason why San Francisco boasted the league’s No. 1 pass defense a year ago.

Like Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon and K’Waun Williams, however, Tartt is entering a contract year. Depending on how Tartt plays this year, the 49ers re-signing him beyond 2020 could prove to be a tough challenge.

Especially if Tartt plays anything close to the level he enjoyed a year ago.

San Francisco doesn’t have too many top-quality reserve options behind Tartt. Backup safety Marcell Harris has proven to be a solid run defender, but his pass-coverage efforts are less than desirable. Former Alabama safety Jared Mayden, an undrafted free agent, could be a sleeper option down the line.

Or, perhaps, the 49ers consider moving Sherman from boundary cornerback to strong safety. That’s always a possibility if Sherman re-signs for 2021.

Either way, there’s a good chance the Niners look to replace Tartt after this upcoming season.