After coming up just short in the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers need to continue to make bold moves this offseason by improving their secondary.
The team already acquired receiver Anquan Boldin, via The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson and Jeff Zrebiec, for virtually nothing. Now the team should look to improve its secondary after solidifying the offense.
There are plenty of playmakers available that fit the bill, but the 49ers need to be aggressive. Reaching the NFC title game two seasons ago and the Super Bowl this year, shows just how close the team is to winning it all.
Big names have been linked to San Francisco, and it might be only a defensive playmaker away from being the favorite to taking home the trophy next year.
Here is a list of players who the team should pursue aggressively this offseason:
Perhaps the most likely of all of these players, Ed Reed should join his former teammate out west.
ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio reports that there is a lot of interest in Reed, which means the team will let Dashon Goldson sign elsewhere.
Even at 34 years old, Reed is still one of the best safeties in the NFL.
The future Hall of Famer had four interceptions in the regular season, returning one for a score. He also picked off Colin Kaepernick in the Super Bowl.
Despite battling injuries in recent years, he has played in every game the last two seasons. He has only missed games in three seasons, which is impressive given what kind of a player he is.
Reed is the best safety available and is looking for another Super Bowl ring. There is no team better equipped for a championship next season than San Francisco.
With the defensive front the team has, it will make Reed's life easy next season if the team can sign him.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted earlier on Tuesday that the 49ers could turn to LaRon Landry at safety.
Of course this would mean no Reed in San Francisco. If the first scenario doesn't happen, Landry is a nice fallback option.
The benefit of going with Landry over Reed would be Landry could be signed to a multi-year deal. Reed may only be looking for a one-year deal.
The 28-year-old tied a career-high with two interceptions last season, and he took one back for his first career pick-six.
Similar to Reed, Landry has had trouble staying on the field. He has played in a full season only once since 2009. If the 49ers want to have a long-term solution, Landry is a better signing than Reed.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reported that there is very little chance of this happening, but there's still a chance.
For what some teams are trading away good players for, Revis could go for relatively cheap. Teams know that the New York Jets are trying to get rid of him, and the ACL injury already hurt his value.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that the Jets are trying to move Revis quickly. That could ultimately force them to take an offer that isn't market value.
Revis is the best corner in the NFL, and he could be the piece that puts San Francisco over the top. If the 49ers could negotiate a new deal before any potential trade with the Jets, it would be worth whatever draft pick(s) they have to give up.
The 27-year-old has had at least three interceptions in every season in which he has played all 16 games, and he has a pick-six in three of those four years.
Nobody knows how he will play once he returns from an injury that cost him almost all of last season, but there's a good chance that he will still be an elite defender.
This acquisition would be the most complicated, but it could have the biggest impact of any addition the team makes. It would virtually shut off one side of the field, which would only help the defensive front get pressure on the quarterback.
*All stats courtesy of ESPN.com
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