5 bargain free agents 49ers can target this NFL offseason

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D.J. Reed, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks free safety D.J. Reed (29) Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers free-agent target No. 3: Cornerback D.J. Reed, Seahawks

The 49ers could welcome a reunion with one of their former defensive backs, now-Seattle Seahawks corner D.J. Reed, who has put together a productive two years with the Niners’ NFC West rivals ever since being claimed off waivers entering 2020.

Reed, 25 years old, is already a four-year pro and has played all over the defense, both with San Francisco and Seattle, but the 49ers’ primary need for him might be as a nickel cornerback if they do indeed lose their starting veteran, K’Waun Williams, to free agency.

It might be a smart move for the Niners to target Reed over Williams anyway, considering the latter is turning 31 years old this offseason.

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Reed, who had 78 tackles and two interceptions last year, might get up into the range of $5 million annually on his first substantial free-agent deal. But it’s important to note nickel corners rarely command the kind of contracts boundary defensive backs receive, and that kind of money might actually be a bargain in contrast to targeting a top-flight cornerback in free agency anyway.

Plus, Reed is already familiar with San Francisco’s defensive scheme, so it would be a relatively seamless transition for him.