No. 5: 49ers Cornerback Jason Verrett
The first player on this list is a tough cut simply due to the reason his career never panned out on the trajectory it was supposed to.
Veteran cornerback Jason Verrett had all the tools to be an impact player at the NFL level after being drafted in Round 1 by the San Diego Chargers back in 2014. He even made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and looked as if he’d be a regular member of San Diego’s secondary for years.
But then the injuries started to roll in.
San Francisco gave Verrett a one-year chance in 2019, yet he managed to fall back on injured reserve after seeing just two defensive snaps. Dating back to 2016, Verrett has appeared in just six regular-season games.
The 49ers are hoping for something, anything out of Verrett in training camp, potentially competing for depth at a position where there isn’t a lot of proven commodity. That’s a bonus, but it seems likely Verrett is being retained simply for the purposes of competition.
What makes this a tough cut is the likelihood it’ll be Verrett’s last shot to continue his NFL dream, as it doesn’t seem likely another team out there will take a shot on a player who has missed so much time the past few seasons.