SANTA CLARA -- Eric Reid will remain with the 49ers at least through the 2017 season after the 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on his contract, the team announced Monday.
Reid was a first-round pick in 2013 and has started at free safety since his rookie season. General manager Trent Baalke said last month that the 49ers also were looking into a longer-term extension for Reid; the two sides can continue negotiating on that deal. His one-year option will become guaranteed on the first day of the new league year in March.
The 49ers traded ahead 13 spots, from No. 31 to No. 18, to select Reid in 2013. They spent high draft picks on safeties the following years, too. Jimmie Ward was taken with a first-round pick in 2014. The following season, Baalke used a second-round pick on strong safety Jaquiski Tartt.
In addition, the 49ers have veteran Antonie Bethea and special teams standout L.J. McCray on the roster at safety.
If Reid were to move on in free agency after the 2017 season, Ward likely would take over at free safety. He's been the team's primary nickel cornerback. The 49ers used a third-round pick Friday on Will Redmond, whom they also are eying for the nickel spot.