6 former 49ers from 2021 who are still surprisingly free agents

Jaquiski Tartt #3 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Jaquiski Tartt, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (3) Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

Former 49ers free-agent No. 1: Safety Jaquiski Tartt

The majority of San Francisco’s decisions in NFL free agency this offseason make sense.

One that doesn’t entirely, though, was the choice not to re-sign Jaquiski Tartt, who despite his own injury history has nevertheless been a vital part of the 49ers secondary ever since he was selected in Round 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Sure, fans may remember the dropped would-be interception Tartt had against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game and cite that as a key reason why the Niners didn’t want him back.

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Looking at the rest of his on-field body of work, however, Tartt was more than just a quality presence.

Instead, San Francisco is hoping others like George Odum and Talanoa Hufanga can fill the void, which is questionable at best, given both players are primarily special teams aces first, defensive starters second.

This might not work, though, and the 49ers may want to entertain bringing Tartt back on yet another team-friendly deal if both contingency plans fail and the veteran remains unsigned.

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