The 49ers are rumored to be interested in signing free agent safety Ed Reed, who will turn 35 years old in September.
Last season, Reed missed 15 tackles and allowed 17.3 yards per catch – both 7th-worst in the NFL among safeties, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s going to be a step or two slower next season, too.
The guy is way past his prime. The Niners can do better.
Go back to 1981. Remember what Bill Walsh did that year with his secondary. He didn’t sign a 35-year-old free safety to a one-year contract. He drafted three defensive backs – Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright and Carlton Williamson – and the Niners went on to win the Super Bowl. Second and third-round defensive backs can play as rookies as long as they have good coaching and veterans in the front seven.