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Jimmie Ward | Defensive Back | #25

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/18/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 193
College: Northern Illinois
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (30) / SF
Contract: view contract details

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49ers exercised DB Jimmie Ward's fifth-year team option for 2018.
The extremely versatile defensive back has had some injury issues, so the move isn't entirely without risk for the 49ers. Option years are guaranteed for injury only. Nevertheless, Ward is a building block for a team with very few of them. The 49ers' best corner in 2016, Ward is expected to play free safety this season. May 1 - 2:05 PM

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49ers DB Jimmie Ward could still see time at cornerback in 2017.

Ward is expected to move to free safety, but spent the first three years of his career at corner, manning both the boundary and inside. GM John Lynch said the team hasn't decided if it will exercise Ward's fifth-year team option for 2018, but his versatility will work in his favor.
Apr 24 - 3:09 PM

49ers GM John Lynch confirmed CB Jimmie Ward will move to free safety.

Ward was the 49ers' best cornerback last season, covering the slot, but Lynch believes he profiles best at safety in the new "Seahawks-style" 4-3 under DC Robert Saleh. With Ward moving to safety, it's one of the few positions the 49ers have options, including Eric Reid, Antonie Bethea, and Jaquiski Tartt. Bethea, scheduled to count $7 million against the cap, could be a cut candidate.
Mar 3 - 10:36 AM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports the 49ers "are contemplating" shifting Jimmie Ward to safety.

The 49ers are switching to a "4-3" which will attempt to emulate the Seahawks' scheme. If they move Ward to safety -- the position he was projected to play coming out of college -- he would likely be asked to play a role similar to Earl Thomas' in Seattle. Ward has been the 49ers' most consistent corner the last couple seasons, however, and they already have former first-rounder Eric Reid at free safety. Unless they are giving up on Reid, this would be a curious move.
Feb 25 - 11:12 AM

Updating a previous item, 49ers CB Jimmie Ward (shoulder, I.R.) has a broken collarbone.

The 49ers sent Ward to season-ending I.R. on Tuesday. He's looking at a 2-3 month recovery, but Ward should be ready to roll for the offseason program.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:38:00 PM

49ers placed CB Jimmie Ward (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The severity of Ward's injury is unclear. All the I.R. placement really means is that he wasn't going to be healthy enough for Weeks 16 and 17. A nickel corner, Ward wasn't having a gangbusters year, but also wasn't one of the many weak links on San Francisco's defense. The 2013 first-rounder is signed for 2017, and should be back to man the slot.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 03:58:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward left Sunday's Week 15 game against the Falcons with a shoulder injury and will not return.

He logged two tackles before exiting early in the second quarter. Rashard Robinson will finish out the game at left corner for San Francisco. It's been a brutal injury day for the Niners. Besides Ward, they've also lost Blake Bell (shoulder) and Marcus Martin (ankle).
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 06:42:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward (concussion) is questionable for Week 12 against the Dolphins.

Ward suffered a concussion in last week's loss to New England but returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He was also limited at Friday's session. Ward still needs to pass the concussion protocol but his presence at practice the last two days suggests he'll be good to go on Sunday.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 03:03:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward suffered a concussion in Sunday's Week 11 loss to New England.

A 2014 first-round pick, this is Ward's first known concussion in the NFL. Ward has been the 49ers' best cornerback when healthy this season. If Ward can't play in Week 12, his loss will be felt against Dolphins slot WR Jarvis Landry.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:14:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward (quad) expects to return Sunday.

Ward practiced in full Wednesday. He's on track to play this week after missing the last three games. Ward's return comes at a good time for the 49ers with Rashard Robinson (concussion) sidelined.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 04:21:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward (quad) resumed practicing Tuesday.

Ward has been sidelined for Week 4. This doesn't necessarily put him on track to return against the Bucs on Sunday, but at least makes it a possibility. It would be a good week to return, as Rashard Robinson is battling a concussion.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 02:42:00 PM

49ers slot CB Jimmie Ward (quad) has been ruled out for Week 6.

It's a slight improvement for Bills slot WR Robert Woods' matchup.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 01:54:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward (quad) has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Cardinals.

Ward covers the slot for San Francisco. It's a theoretical boost for Larry Fitzgerald, but the insertion of Drew Stanton at quarterback brings Fitzgerald's stock back down. He averaged 5-50 with Stanton across eight starts in 2014.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 03:45:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward has been ruled out for Week 4 against the Cowboys.

It's an upgrade to Cole Beasley's matchup, as Ward covers the slot in the 49ers' defense and Beasley runs almost strictly slot routes. Beasley's target outlook is also improved by the Cowboys' loss of Dez Bryant (knee).
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 03:55:00 PM

49ers CB Jimmie Ward (quad) is week to week.

It's actually good news after Ward went down in non-contact fashion. Keith Reaser will likely start in his absence.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 01:42:00 PM

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