The 49ers took a calculated gamble a year ago with the addition of oft-injured cornerback Jason Verrett.
He signed a one-year contract, and the 49ers got nothing out of him. Verrett grappled with a knee condition, saw action in just one game, struggled, then spent the final four months of the season on injured reserve.
So it came as a mild surprise the 49ers decided to re-sign Verrett in the offseason to another one-year deal.
That can mean only one thing: The 49ers saw enough from being around Verrett last season to have a level of optimism he can make a difference this year.
"He looks very focused," 49ers safety Jimmie Ward said of Verrett. "Looks ready, too.
"I can feel his vibe. He's anxious to get back on the field just to show people what he can do because he's a former Pro Bowler."
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Verrett, like Ward, entered the NFL in 2014 as a first-round draft pick. And, also like Ward, injuries have greatly impacted his career.
Verrett has played more than four games in a season just once in his career due to knee, Achilles, shoulder and hamstring injuries. In 2015, he played 14 games with 13 starts. He registered three interceptions that season for the San Diego Chargers and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
"He came out in the draft with me, so I always watched him since college," Ward said. "I know what he can do. It's just all about going out on the field and staying consistent with it."
49ers' Jason Verrett looks 'focused, 'ready' as he competes for role originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area