'A lot to be excited about with 49ers future.' Analysts weigh in on team's direction
Decidedly in the market for cornerbacks, the 49ers will visit today with free agent Vontae Davis, ESPN reported.
Davis, 29, is the younger brother of longtime 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. The younger Davis was a first-round draft choice by the Miami Dolphins in 2009. He spent three seasons there and the next six with the Indianapolis Colts, who released Davis in November. Davis also has visited the Browns and Bills
The 49ers, meanwhile, have two starter-caliber cornerbacks signed for next season, Ahkello Witherspoon and K'Waun Williams. Young, unproven Greg Mabin and Tyvis Powell also are under contract. Cornerback Dontae Johnson led all 49ers defensive backs in snaps last season with 1,027. But he will be a free agent next month and is not expected back.
Johnson, Witherspoon, Mabin and Powell play outside cornerback. All are 6-1 are taller, and the team prefers longer, physical players on the outside. Davis is 5-11 but weighs 207 pounds and was a track star in high school. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015 but struggled with injuries the last two seasons, including a groin tear that required surgery in 2017.
The 49ers also had shown some interest in former Raiders cornerback Davis Amerson. However, he signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs last week.