49ers have to target these 4 free-agent cornerbacks in 2022
By Peter Panacy
49ers Cornerback Target No. 1: Carlton Davis, Buccaneers
The Niners have somewhat shied away from their traditional long, lanky preference for boundary cornerbacks in recent years. But if they wanted to revert back to that kind of build, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis should be a target.
The Bucs have problems with their secondary depth, too, so it wouldn’t be a shocker if they go all out to re-sign him or at least apply the franchise tag during the offseason.
But if Davis hits the open market, San Francisco should be aggressive and look to onboard the 24 year old with full intent on making the young defensive back part of their secondary for a long, long time.
Davis, too, has dealt with injuries this season and has appeared in only five games because of a quad injury. In 2020, though, Davis was outstanding with four interceptions and 18 pass breakups, forcing opposing quarterbacks to post an 87.6 passer rating when targeting him.
What makes Davis special is his ability to thrive in both man and zone coverages, giving a team like the 49ers plenty of flexibility with how they want to deploy their defensive backs.
Assuming he’d be available and the Niners can afford him, of course.