49ers Rumors: Ed Reed, Sean Smith and Latest Buzz Involving San Francisco

Michael DulkaContributor IMarch 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers is unable to come up with a fourth down catch in the endzone late in the fourth quarter against Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After trading for Anquan Boldin, the San Francisco 49ers apparently aren't done trying to improve their squad.

The team that was so close to winning the Super Bowl has lined up a number of rumored moves that would certainly help them get over the top.

Here are the latest ramblings involving the 49ers:

Ed Reed

The 49ers are in play for the veteran safety and former teammate of Boldin, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio:

A league source with extensive knowledge of the current safety market believes that the 49ers could land Ravens safety Ed Reed.

The move would seem to make sense for the 49ers, who could see Dashon Goldson leave the team via free agency. How much Reed still has in the tank will be a big question and/or risk for the 49ers, which should lower his price, but how much production they can get remains to be seen.

The better option may be waiting until the draft to grab a safety. There is plenty of talent in the draft and the 49ers could get good value, even in the first round. Another option is to grab Reed for cheap and draft a safety later on day two or three to groom for when Reed hangs up his cleats.

Sean Smith

The 49ers reportedly have interest in another player in the secondary, Miami's Sean Smith, according to SFGate.com's Eric Branch:

San Francisco has expressed a strong interest in Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith, a league source said, confirming multiple reports.

If the 49ers can get a decent deal in place, this could be a great move. The 49ers need cornerback help after Chris Culliver was abused by now-teammate Anquan Boldin in the Super Bowl. It's one of the biggest weaknesses on the team and would give them added flexibility in the draft.

Added incentive to make this deal work is the Seattle Seahawks' acquisition of Percy Harvin. The NFC West rival is giving Russell Wilson plenty of weapons and the 49ers need to figure out ways to slow them down. Smith isn't a great corner, but he's definitely an improvement.

Desmond Bryant

The 49ers are also looking to beef up their defensive line with interest in Desmond Bryant, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole:

Jason Cole @JasonCole62

Market for DL Desmond Bryant looking pretty strong. NE, Oak, SF, Philly, Sea and Jax interested.

With Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois possibly leaving during free agency, the 49ers could have a definite need for depth on the line. Bryant would give them some nice depth to help spell their top rotation guys.

It's unclear how serious the 49ers are about bringing in Bryant, but the interest indicates the team sees an immediate need at the position. If the 49ers strike out during free agency, they will likely add a defensive linemen early on in the draft.


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