49ers yet to decide on Ward’s fifth-year option

San Francisco has indicated it will wait until after the draft to decide on Ward's option. PFF premium stats show what Ward does and what he still lacks.

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49ers CB Jimmie Ward

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49ers yet to decide on Ward’s fifth-year option

  • With former first-round pick Jimmie Ward entering his fourth NFL season, the 49ers will soon need to determine whether the team will pick up Ward’s fifth-year option.
  • John Lynch indicated San Francisco will wait until after the draft to make a decision on Ward’s option while speaking with the local media
  • Ward, who played safety in college while at Northern Illinois, is looking at a possible transition to the single-high safety role in San Francisco’s new defensive scheme. He has primarily aligned as the 49ers’ slot cornerback during his first three seasons.
  • After a rocky rookie campaign in which injuries limited him to just 270 snaps, Ward has been solid for the 49ers, posting 78.3 and 75.8 overall grades in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
  • Despite solid grades, Ward’s impact hasn’t been quite what you’d hope for a first-round pick largely due to his struggles making plays on the ball in coverage. Ward has recorded an interception or pass breakup on 8.0 percent of his targets since entering the league in 2014, ranking 78th among 105 cornerbacks with at least 1,000 snaps and below the league average of 9.9 percent during that span.

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  • HyPhYMAN

    Been said this guy was a bust. Thanks baalke wasting picks on sub par below average players. Now lynch has to come and clean up your mess and make us respectable again.

    • 49ers fan24

      That’s why he took the job.

      Yes, ward sucks though and stays hurt too.

    • Alan Mazz

      You were formally one of the two best teams in the league along with Seattle because of Trent,s first two drafts and free agent picks. Harbaugh was in the right place at the right time and has never won anything College or Pro. Check out how many Michigan players go in the first two or three rounds with the team not even making the playoffs.

  • Alan Mazz

    That makes it look even more like the pick will be Adams. There are more outstanding quarterbacks in the league then there are outstanding safeties, as they need to be physical, have a high degree of anticipation, and an inate feel for angles. I think there’s a good chance they’ll trade down. Cleveland could get Myles Garrett and Matt trubisky by acquiring the second pick.