The Darrelle Revis to San Francisco 49ers trade talks have died down, but that hasn’t stopped the reigning NFC champs from trying to bolster their secondary. During the 2012 NFL regular season, the 49ers had arguably the best pass defense in the league, giving up right at 200 yards per game. However, that number ballooned to over 300 in the playoffs and ended up being San Francisco’s downfall in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. The team is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again and has already met with two former All-Pro free agent defensive backs in Charles Woodson and Nnamdi Asomugha.
The former became a cap casualty of the Green Bay Packers earlier this offseason after helping the franchise to its fourth Super Bowl title in 2010. The latter was a stud until he signed a big payday with the reeling Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. Now he’s looking for redemption and who better than to help him down that road than 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh?
At 36, Woodson is looking to go out on top and he’s still more than just a warm body at safety. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Defensive Player of the Year isn’t just a ball hawk; he can do more than just “help” in run support and he’s a defensive leader on the field if there ever was one. If there’s an NFL coach who can get the most out of this future Hall of Famer in the twilight of his career, it’s Harbaugh.
The 49ers have already upgraded their one weakness on offense by stealing Anquan Boldin from the Ravens earlier this week. If both Woodson and Asomugha sign in San Francisco, that means the team will have added former All-Pros on both sides of the ball to a team fresh off a Super Bowl appearance. In other words, we may think the 49ers were an elite team in 2012, but barring an implosion, we ain’t seen nothing yet.