The secondary of the San Francisco 49ers has gotten pretty banged-up in the first three weeks of the regular season. As a result, the organization has reportedly decided to bring an additional defensive back aboard.
According to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio, the 49ers plan to sign veteran cornerback Buster Skrine. The 32-year-old has been a free agent since he was released by the Chicago Bears back in March.
Skrine is best known for being a slot cornerback and has carved out a nice role for himself over the last decade in the NFL. He spent the last two seasons with the Bears and recorded three passes defensed and a forced fumble in 2020.
Prior to his stint in Chicago, Skrine played in Cleveland and New York after he was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In 151 career appearances and 92 starts for the Browns, Jets, and Bears, the former Chattanooga defensive back has tallied nine interceptions and 85 pass breakups.
With #49ers nickel CB K’Waun Williams dealing with a calf strain, the team is expected to sign veteran nickel CB Buster Skrine, source said.
Rookie CB Deommodore Lenoir replaced Williams in last week’s game against the Packers.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 28, 2021
Skrine will likely be called upon to play right away with the current injury situation in San Francisco.
Cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Davontae Harris are already on injured reserve, while K’Waun Williams will miss some time with a calf strain and Josh Norman is questionable for next week with a lung bruise sustained in Sunday’s 49ers game against the Green Bay Packers.
Skrine will suit up alongside Emmanuel Moseley and rookie Deommodre Lenoir at cornerback as soon as he’s able and will be needed to make an impact as soon as he can.
The 49ers will look to bounce back from Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the Packers next weekend against the Seattle Seahawks.
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