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49ers Sign Pro Bowl Safety After Jimmie Ward Injury

Devon Platana
The San Francisco 49ers have signed a Pro-Bowl safety following Jimmie Ward's injury.
The San Francisco 49ers have signed a Pro-Bowl safety following Jimmie Ward's injury. / AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool, File

The San Francisco 49ers revealed last week that free safety Jimmie Ward will miss an undisclosed amount of time due to a "significant hamstring strain." With the veteran defender likely missing his team's Week 1 regular-season opener, the 49ers went out and recruited some backup.

NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that the 49ers plan on signing free-agent safety Tashaun Gipson. The former Pro-Bowler has 10 seasons of experience under his belt and most recently started in 12 games for the Chicago Bears last year.

49ers Roster Rumors

Fans shouldn't expect Gipson to come in and completely dominate on defense. His best days are likely behind him, with his sole Pro Bowl appearance coming way back in 2014. The 49ers only need him to be a warm body with veteran experience that can be thrown into the lineup when needed as opposed to using an inexperienced player.

San Francisco surrendered only 213.1 passing yards per game in 2021 (No. 7) and Gipson needs to help keep them at that level. He recorded 47 tackles, three defended passes and two interceptions with the Bears last year but recorded an abysmal 76.7% completion rate when targeted.

Hopefully, Ward isn't sidelined for too much time. Hamstring injuries can nag and the last thing the 49ers want is to be without their top safety in a firepower-filled NFC West. Until then, Gipson has to hold down the fort in the secondary.

49ers Super Bowl Odds

FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists the 49ers as having the seventh-best Super Bowl LVII odds (+1600). If Ward is forced to miss significant time, though, San Francisco's odds could take a hit, which is why it's important for Gipson to bring his A-game to the Bay Area.

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