Cleveland Browns: 4 free agent safeties that are perfect fits in 2020
By Randy Gurzi
4. Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers
One free agent who makes a lot of sense for the Cleveland Browns is Jimmie Ward, who spent the past six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
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Originally a first-round pick back in 2014, Ward was up and down to start his NFL career, but according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Ward had the best season of his career in 2019.
After consecutive campaigns where he scored in the 55-range, he earned a score of 84.9 this oast season which made him the sixth highest-rated free safety in the NFL.
While there’s always more than one contributing factor when a player reaches his potential, there is a move that happened in 2019 that should interest the Browns.
Before the season began, the 49ers hired Joe Woods who spent the past two seasons as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Before that, he spent two seasons in the same defensive backs coach role but without the coordinator title.
Now, Woods is with the Browns as he was hired to replace Steve Wilks. Ward seems as though he would like to stay in the Bay Area but should he hit the open market, anything is possible. And with his working relationship with Woods, it could be a great fit for both the player and the team.