49ers roster: 5 veterans who may not make 53-man group in 2020

Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Ahkello Witherspoon, 49ers
Ahkello Witherspoon #23 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

No. 2: Ahkello Witherspoon and an uncertain 49ers roster at cornerback

Unlike wide receiver, the 49ers roster at cornerback doesn’t boast a lot of depth or recent investments. Behind Richard Sherman, K’Waun Williams and, to a lesser extent, Emmanuel Moseley, there’s not a lot of proven depth.

That’s the issue, which potentially means fourth-year defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon stands a better chance at making San Francisco’s 53-man roster in 2020 than many of the other players on this list.

Witherspoon, of course, looked good enough to earn a starting job his rookie season in 2017 before suffering his own regression the following year. Early in 2019, it looked as if Witherspoon shook those woes. But a foot injury hindered his development, and he’d eventually find himself losing starting jobs repeatedly to Moseley throughout the rest of the season.

Like Dante Pettis, Witherspoon has a lot on the line entering training camp. Unlike Pettis, though, Witherspoon’s dead-money hit this year is only $243,393.

It would likely have to take another one of the 49ers’ depth cornerbacks having a tremendous offseason, or a complete meltdown from Witherspoon, but there’s still a good chance the Niners’ third-round pick from 2017 fails to make the 49ers roster by Week 1.