3 free agents who could start for 49ers right now

J.C. Tretter #64 of the Cleveland Browns (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Jaquiski Tartt, San Francisco 49ers
Jaquiski Tartt #3 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

49ers free-agent target No. 2: Safety Jaquiski Tartt

It’s a bit of an oddity the Niners didn’t re-sign their own, safety Jaquiski Tartt, this offseason. And it gets even odder with each passing week.

Granted, San Francisco initially passing on a re-sign deal made some sense. There were plenty of high-profile safeties to be had in the NFL Draft, and there were also some notable veterans on the free-agent market, too, particularly now-New Orleans Saints defensive back Tyriann Mathieu.

The 49ers effectively passed on all of them, including not drafting a safety in 2022.

That means the Niners hope one of the three veteran options at safety — Talanoa Hufanga, Tarvarius Moore or 2022 special teams add-on George Odum — can end up starting, as it doesn’t seem wise for them to expect undrafted free-agent safety Leon O’Neal Jr. to immediately start in place of Tartt’s departure.

All four of those names carry concerns in a starter’s role. O’Neal because he’s a low-profile rookie, Hufanga because of his coverage skills, Odum because he’s primarily a special teams ace only and Moore because he’s coming off a torn Achilles suffered last year.

San Francisco could solve this easily.

Re-sign Tartt. He’d likely be more than happy to return to the team that drafted him way back in 2015.