Jimmie Ward: I could be playing nickel for 49ers in 2023, I have to look at best situation

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Defensive back Jimmie Ward is set to become a free agent in a week and recent comments by 49ers General Manager John Lynch seemed to point toward Ward looking elsewhere for a job.

Lynch said Ward didn’t love making the move from safety to slot corner for the Niners and that it is his belief that Ward would like to go back to safety when he signs a new contract this offseason. While that may be Ward’s preferred outcome, he said this week that he is not closing any doors as he approaches the chance to hear from all of the league’s teams.

“I didn’t say I’m leaving the Niners, man. . . . I’ve been in contact with the Niners,” Ward said, via Tom Dierberger of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “I don’t know how it’s going to go. . . . I could be playing nickel for the Niners next year, I don’t know. We’ll see. I’ve got to look at the best situation.”

Ward had 50 tackles, three interceptions, and a forced fumble in 12 games for the 49ers last season. He is No. 48 on PFT’s list of the top free agents in the league.

3 responses to “Jimmie Ward: I could be playing nickel for 49ers in 2023, I have to look at best situation

  1. This guy is a very underrated player. He has the grit and toughness to play every position in the secondary. Only problem is he gets nicked up quite a bit for his aggressiveness. Could see him getting a payday somewhere like KC.

  2. Slot corner doesn’t pay as well. But being a safety on a crap team doesn’t sound fun.

    Pay the man he can fill numerous spots on the back end. Heck what you gonna do the qb pay is low pay defense until you have to pay a qb

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