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Jason Verrett excited for the opportunity with 49ers

Jason Verrett

The San Francisco 49ers may have gotten a steal during the free-agency period. The franchise decided to take a chance on Jason Verrett to bolster their cornerback position.

The deal he signed is a one-year “prove it” type of contract worth $3.6 million. In his five seasons, Verrett has only been able to start in 23 games due to multiple injuries.

The talented cornerback missed all of 2018 due to a torn Achilles during training camp last year. When he has played, though, he has shown the potential of being an elite cornerback.

In 2015, Verrett played 14 games, posting three interceptions, 12 deflections and 47 tackles en route to a Pro Bowl bid. That’s what he is capable of if he is able to stay on the field.

The former Los Angeles Chargers cornerback stated how “blessed” he is for the opportunity he has in San Francisco, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. Verrett states that he was told the right cornerback spot is up for grabs; he just needs to show he can remain on the field.

“The opportunity is there for me,” said Verrett, a Fairfield native. “Wide open. It’s just there for me to take. It’s just for me to get back healthy and get back there on the football field and do what I love to do.”

Again, the talent level has never been a question with Verrett since he came into the NFL in 2014. The newly signed cornerback has only started five games in the past three seasons.

The good thing is the contract the 49ers gave Verrett is a low-risk, high-reward type of deal. In the NFC West, you need a formidable secondary to be able to slow down the high-octane offenses within the division. If Verrett is able to maintain his health in 2019, the 49ers will have made one of the best signings this offseason.