Already with Anquan Boldin in their pocket, the 49ers could again dip into the Ravens’ player well soon.
A league source with extensive knowledge of the current safety market believes that the 49ers could land Ravens safety Ed Reed.
As Albert Breer of NFL Network first reported on Twitter (as best we can tell), Reed has indeed hired David Dunn of Athletes First. Now that Reed has an agent, the agent can talk to teams in advance of the start of free agency at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
And adding to the intrigue, Dunn, per Matt Maiocco, has previous ties to Jim Harbaugh and 49ers GM Trent Baalke. Reed, 35, has been named an All-Pro eight times in his 11-year career.
The Niners already had an All-Pro free safety on their roster last season in Dashon Goldson. The team declined to place the franchise tag for a second consecutive offseason on him, making the safety a free agent. Talks between Goldson and the Niners have been slow thus far, though. And if the Niners’ reported interest in Reed is to be believed, it’s perhaps safe to say the team has moved on from Goldson, who is considered by some the top free agent free safety hitting the open market.
We’ve already taken a glance at the numbers Boldin put up in Super Bowl XLVII. Reed, however, picked off Colin Kaepernick in the game’s first half, when almost everything was going the Ravens’ way. (Reed is tied for the NFL record for most postseason interceptions with nine.)
So, the Niners seem to be adhering to that old saying—If you can’t beat them, take all the players they don’t want anymore.
UPDATE (March 12): IT’S (maybe) A TRAP:
Ed Reed to San Fran most likely not happening; per source, it’s a smokescreen aimed at creating interest in Reed.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 12, 2013