3. Jimmie Ward
For obvious reasons, the 49ers will most likely do everything in their power to convince Jimmie Ward to return to the team for a seventh season, especially after the progress made by the defense in 2019.
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Plenty of key players stepped up in a big way this past season to help San Francisco emerge as one of the top defenses in the league, and Ward arguably deserves just as much credit as the rest of them.
The 49ers were able to get the former first-round pick on a steal last season after Ward agreed to a one-year extension last March worth $4.5 million, but San Francisco won’t be lucky enough to convince him to return on another favorable contract.
If anything, San Francisco should be concerned about the other teams that may be willing to offer Ward more money, whether it happens to be the Eagles or someone else.
Between Malcolm Jenkins previously making it clear that he’s unhappy with his current contract on top of Rodney McLeod expected to test free agency, safety could be one of the positions the Eagles need to address over the next few months.
Depending on what kind of money Ward will be looking for, if Philadelphia could sign the defender at a fair price, this certainly deserves the consideration to put the defense in better shape.