The San Francisco 49ers probably won’t be able to keep Dashon Goldson, so their quest for a new free safety could end the Niners up with Baltimore Ravens veteran Ed Reed, who is expected to be targeted by the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. Adam Schefter is reporting that “some around the league” are expecting San Francisco to go after Reed if the 49ers are not able to keep Goldson. That would mean the 49ers would get two key veterans on the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl-winning team, and the 49ers trade to add Anquan Boldin yesterday allowed them to keep up with the Seattle Seahawks. Both NFC West teams are the Super Bowl favorites early on.
Reed could get $5 million from the Patriots, as the Pats are likely looking for a veteran stopgap to help develop second-round choice Tavon Wilson, who showed plenty of promise as a rookie. Although $5 million is too much for Reed, Bill Belichick has a world of respect for Reed, and his ability to be a stop-gap guy at safety outweighs the fact that he isn’t a great future fit.
The Colts are desperate for help in their defensive backfield, and they really need to get a safety who can play deep coverage. At this stage of his career, that is easily Reed’s biggest asset, and he is still among the best covering safeties in the NFL. As for the 49ers, Goldson would leave a void at FS that the Niners would like to fill up. Plus, Reed would do a great job of mentoring a safety through the draft like Matt Elam or, an even better fit, Jonathan Cyprien.
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