A day after the San Francisco 49ers confirmed CB Walt Harris tore a ligament in his right knee, coach Mike Singletary all but confirmed Thursday the 13-year veteran will be lost for the season “unless something else comes up.”
Singletary also said he and GM Scot McCloughan have discussed the team’s plans, and that the 49ers would bring in “a few” players for workouts. One player visited Thursday, although Singletary wouldn’t confirm if it was longtime Buccaneer Brian Kelly. Regardless, Singletary didn’t sound excited about the players available on the free-agent market.
“You’re looking for a guy who has talent, a guy who can come in and compete,” Singletary said when asked about looking for an experienced player. “There are a lot of veterans out there that I’m not really excited about. So, it’s just a matter of finding the right guy that fits what we’re trying to do, willing to come in and compete and work hard to get better.”
If the 49ers turn toward a younger player, Harris’ potential replacement may already be on the roster. Singletary said he was “absolutely” comfortable starting third-year CB Tarell Brown, while he expects veteran CB Shawntae Spencer to return by training camp after tearing his ACL last season. Second-year defensive back Reggie Smith, who has been moved from cornerback to safety, will not be moved back, according to Singletary.
“The younger guys that we have, if we didn’t feel comfortable about them, we’d be very nervous right now,” Singletary said. “But, Tarell Brown has really been working his tail off.”
Here’s a look at the transcript of Singletary’s full media session on Thursday.