49ers news: CBS Sports links this All-Pro free-agent cornerback to San Francisco

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24)
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) / Joe Sargent/GettyImages

The 49ers could still use some help at cornerback, and it appears Niner Noise isn't alone in thinking Marcus Peters could help.

There's a good chance former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters, 30 years old and still a free agent, was biding his time and waiting for the right opportunity once the dust settled from the 2023 NFL Draft.

Still unsigned, though, Peters might want to be looking around the league at any opportunity that pops up. Especially with offseason workouts like organized team activities popping up within the next few weeks.

Peters, who bounced back nicely enough with the Ravens in 2022 after missing all of the prior year with a torn ACL, might not be the All-Pro kind of player he was during his peak years. But he's still a quality defensive back who is capable of starting.

And a team like the San Francisco 49ers could use someone like Peters right now.

Niner Noise already argued that Peters would make a solid low-risk addition to a Niners team ready to win a Super Bowl now. While he wouldn't be a long-term solution in any case, he'd still be an upgrade over what San Francisco has available right now.

It appears as if we weren't alone in that thinking.

CBS Sports suggests 49ers go after Marcus Peters in NFL free agency

It's unclear what Peters' asking price on the open free-agent market would be right now, but it's probably safe to say it'll diminish the closer the calendar gets toward training camp.

Currently, San Francisco has $10.7 million in cap space, according to Over the Cap, and its 2023 NFL Draft class is fully signed and under contract.

Per CBS Sports' Cody Benjamin, should the 49ers want to splurge a bit to beef up the roster, Peters would make a lot of sense:

"He may be past his prime, but Peters still brings lots of toughness to the secondary, and if San Francisco still considers itself an NFC contender, it could use added depth on the back end, where Emmanuel Moseley and Jimmie Ward departed via free agency. The team did add Isaiah Oliver from Atlanta, but Peters' outside experience could come in handy down the stretch."

Currently, in the wake of Moseley and Ward departing, the Niners are poised to start third-year pro Deommodore Lenoir opposite No. 1 cornerback Charvarius Ward.

While Lenoir played well enough down the stretch last year in relief of an injured Moseley, someone like Peters would provide both more experience and prowess. Especially considering San Francisco's depth at cornerback isn't particularly strong, the team adding Peters would have a trickle-down effect of beefing up that depth chart to guard against injury.

Now, if only someone could get both CBS Sports and Niner Noise on the phone with the 49ers to make this transaction happen.

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