Jaylen Watkins Set to Visit 49ers
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - With the first flurry of free agency done, teams start looking for bargains in Phase 2 and the San Francisco 49ers are at least contemplating adding a little Super Bowl flavor to the mix with free agent defensive back Jaylen Watkins.
Watkins, who has played both cornerback and safety in Philadelphia, was originally scheduled to be a restricted free agent but the Eagles did not tender the University of Florida product, leaving him free to sign with any team.
He will be out in Santa Clara on Wednesday, according to the NFL Network, the first of several visits Watkins plays to make.
A versatile player, Watkins has played both corner and safety at times during parts of four seasons in Philadelphia. He was briefly released in 2015 and spent some time on Buffalo's practice squad where he was a teammate with his half-brother, now Kansas City receiver Sammy Watkins, before returning to the Eagles.
Last season Watkins played in 12 games, starting two and making 19 tackles, including two for loss in 168 defensive snaps (16 percent of the team's total). In 2016, he played a career-high 388 snaps (38 percent).
Currently the Eagles are very deep at CB with Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas and the recently-acquired Daryl Worley but could use help at safety behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod because veteran Corey Graham is a free agent and at least pondering retirement, according to an NFL source, while veteran Chris Maragos is coming off knee surgery and more of a special teams player.
Young players in the mix on Philadelphia's offseason roster are DJ Killings, De'Vante Bausby and Elie Bouka at CB and Tre Sullivan and Randall Goforth at safety.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen