The San Francisco 49ers’ secondary has been hammered in the first three weeks of the regular season. As a result, the team has reportedly decided to add another defensive back to the mix. The 49ers plan to sign veteran cornerback Buster Skrine, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio . Since being released by the Chicago Bears in March, the 32-year-old has been a free agent. Skrine is best known as a slot cornerback and has carved out a nice role for himself in the NFL over the last decade. In 2020, he spent the previous two seasons with the Bears, recording three pass defenses and a forced fumble. Skrine was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and spent time in Cleveland and New York before joining the Bears. The former Chattanooga defensive back has nine interceptions and 85 pass breakups in 151 career appearances and 92 starts for the Browns, Jets, and Bears. With the current injury situation in San Francisco, Skrine will most likely be called upon to play right away.
With #49ers nickel CB K’Waun Williams dealing with a calf strain, the team is expected to sign veteran nickel CB Buster Skrine, source said.
Rookie CB Deommodore Lenoir replaced Williams in last week’s game against the Packers.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) September 28, 2021
Cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Davontae Harris have already been placed on injured reserve, while K’Waun Williams will miss some time with a calf strain and Josh Norman is questionable for next week after suffering a lung bruise against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Skrine will play cornerback alongside Emmanuel Moseley and rookie Deommodre Lenoir as soon as he’s ready, and he’ll be expected to make an immediate impact.
The 49ers will face the Seattle Seahawks next weekend in an attempt to avenge their heartbreaking loss to the Packers on Sunday.