The San Francisco 49ers just announced they’ve released their starting strong safety from the past three seasons — Antoine Bethea.
Here’s a statement from 49ers General Manager John Lynch: “Antoine is a true professional in every sense and I have a great deal of respect for the way he has gone about his business throughout his career. We would like to thank him for the positive impact he has had on this team both as a player and as a leader, on and off the field. We wish Antoine, and his family, great success in the future.”
I like this move. Bethea turns 33 in July and does not fit the 49ers’ new single-high-safety defensive scheme. He fits a split-safety scheme.
Whom do you think will replace Bethea? I don’t think it will be Eric Reid — he’s a free safety. I don’t think it will be Jaquiski Tartt, either – he’s a project who’s not ready to start in the NFL.
I think Reid’s replacement will be Jamal Adams, the strong safety from LSU. The 49ers would have to draft Adams with their first-round pick.