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Report: 49ers to work out safety Jairus Byrd

New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd (31) tackles New York Giants' Rashad Jennings (23) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.
New Orleans Saints' Jairus Byrd (31) tackles New York Giants' Rashad Jennings (23) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP

The 49ers are taking a look at former Bills and Saints free safety Jairus Byrd and long-time Bengals cornerback Leon Hall among other defensive backs today, according to national reports.

Byrd, 30, was a second-round pick by Buffalo in 2009 who has 97 starts over that span. He also plays a position critical to the 49ers' defense but one in which they made no additions in free agency or the draft.

Hall, meanwhile, was a first-round pick by the Bengals in 2007 and played nine seasons there. Hall, 32, spent last year with the New York Giants where he was used as a slot cornerback and a safety. By the end of the season, injuries in the Giants secondary meant that Hall exclusively played safety.

“I move around a little bit. I like the jack of all trades deal,” he told NJ.com. “I've always liked to do other things, different positions. I remember being in Cincinnati telling them to do that. That didn't work out. But I enjoy it. I would say my position now if I had to pick one would definitely be safety. But it sounds nice. It's got a nice ring to it.”

The NFL Network reported San Francisco’s interest in Hall.

Jimmie Ward is the would-be starter at free safety for the 49ers this season. Vinnie Sunseri has been lining up with the second-team defense while undrafted Lorenzo Jerome has been the third-team safety.

Byrd must convince the 49ers he can hold up through a season. He missed six games in 2013 with plantar faciitis and also has dealt with back and knee issues since. With Byrd set to earn just under $8 million this season, the Saints cut him in March.

The 49ers worked out another well-known veteran, defensive lineman Kedrick Golston, last week but have not signed him to this point.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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