5 bargains 49ers can target after opening wave of NFL free agency

Kerry Hyder #51 of the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Kyle Fuller, Denver Broncos
Kyle Fuller #23 of the Denver Broncos (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

49ers bargain free agent No. 2: Cornerback Kyle Fuller

The Niners already signed Charvarius Ward to help bolster what was a notably weak cornerback room in 2021, and it’s entirely possible they stop with any further major additions here from this point onward.

If that’s the case, San Francisco is likely comfortable with Ward as the No. 1 name on the depth chart, assisted on the boundary by either Ambry Thomas or Emmanuel Moseley, with the other player likely working inside at nickel back in the place of still free-agent K’Waun Williams, who doesn’t seem poised to be re-signed.

However, there’s still room to upgrade and beef up the cornerback spot.

Going after 30-year-old veteran cornerback Kyle Fuller, who was effectively phased out by the Denver Broncos last season, wouldn’t be a bad play. Especially considering Fuller could play both boundary and nickel spots and is only three seasons removed from a Pro Bowl campaign with the Chicago Bears.

And in 2020 over 16 starts, Fuller still managed 65 tackles, an interception and eight passes broken up with opposing quarterbacks posting an 89.8 passer rating when targeting him.