4 former 49ers players San Francisco should bring back in 2022

Richard Sherman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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Greg Mabin, Jacksonville Jaguars
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Former 49ers player No. 2: Cornerback Greg Mabin

It might be a bit hazy, the recollections of cornerback Greg Mabin’s time with the Niners, which consisted of on-and-off stints from 2017 through 2019. And most of those times saw Mabin as nothing more than a bottom-of-the-roster defensive back who’d occasionally work his way into the lineup when there weren’t any other options available.

Turning 28 years old this offseason, Mabin is coming off arguably his best season as a pro, albeit still in limited action, with the Tennessee Titans where he got into five games, starting two of them, and allowed only eight receptions on 18 targets for an opposing passer rating of 73.6.

Mabin is nothing more than a reserve option. But San Francisco could still use those, too, to supplement its depth chart.

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Fellow reserve corners returning in 2022 include last year’s rookie, Deommodore Lenoir, and Ka’dar Hollman. Defensive back Tarvarius Moore, who missed all of last year with an injury, is in the mix, too, behind the returning starters like Emmanuel Moseley and Ambry Thomas.

But that’s about it.

Mabin would be a cheap option with plenty of experience now to plug into the defense, if for no other reason but to keep the depth intact.