New Orleans Saints: Three possible landing spots for Vonn Bell
No. 3 49ers
This situation might be a long shot compared to the others on this list, but it is not improbable. The Niners are coming off an incredible season, falling just one game short of a championship, but they must now face the offseason and the task of maintaining that winning roster.
It’s nearly impossible to retain every piece of a roster that talented, and one of the positions that may open up is that of safety.
49ers’ safety Jimmie Ward just had arguably the best season of his career, posting the seventh-highest grade for all safeties in the league. However, his contract with the 49ers is up, and, like Bell, he has the chance to test free agency.
One of the only reasons that Ward would not return to San Francisco is the potential that the team places a higher priority on paying players like Emmanuel Sanders and Matt Breida.
In terms of cap space, the 49ers don’t possess much more than New Orleans. Most projections have them listed as roughly 13 million dollars in cap space for the 2020 off-season.
If they wanted to maintain most of their free agents, then they could do so by letting Ward walk and bringing in Bell at a cheaper price. The statistics of Bell and Ward are actually fairly similar, except for man coverage, so there would not be a drastic drop-off in productivity.
It’s hard to find a team with a better chance of continued success than a young team that just played in the Super Bowl. Most of the main core of the team is still young and will be returning next season, so there is little doubt that the mindset of creating a winning dynasty will fade soon.
Bell could find a suitable veteran to teach him better coverage in Richard Sherman and a team that will pay him and encourages his greatness.