The 49ers have taken a Blues Brothers approach to 2021 — they are getting the band back together.
In an effort to lock down the secondary, the club reportedly has re-signed slot corner K’Waun Williams to a one-year contract Wednesday. He will re-join Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley in a defensive backs room that looks predominantly the same as it did in 2020.
Thus far the only notable name not returning to the 49ers defensive backs group is All-Pro Richard Sherman, who told NBC Sports Bay Area his free agency process has been slowly progressing.
With the re-signing of Williams, the 49ers have, in theory, set their starting secondary for 2021. The nickel back signing a one-year deal will also allow him to demand a higher-paying multi-year deal next offseason when the salary cap increases.
The 49ers also have re-signed Jaquiski Tartt, who will join long-time teammate Jimmie Ward at safety, which secures a very talented coverage group that has a lot of experience with each other on the field.
Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw are set to be the starting linebackers, while the defensive front will also look very much like it did in 2020. Nick Bosa reportedly is on schedule to be healthy enough to return by the start of the season along with interior defensive linemen Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw and D.J. Jones.
On the offensive side of the ball, the club locked in their highest priority free agents in Trent Williams and Kyle Juszczyk. Consistency is key, and the 49ers have it with the likes of George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. as their playmakers.
There are a few new faces including former Los Angeles Rams edge rusher Samson Ebukam, who will play opposite of Bosa on the defensive line as a pass rusher. He will provide a solid option regardless of whether Dee Ford is available to play due to a lingering back and neck injury.
Former Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack is set to take over at center, but his previous experience in Kyle Shanahan’s scheme will ease his transition. Mike McGlinchey, Laken Tomlinson and Daniel Brunskill round out the tenured group.
Chemistry and synchronization on gameday should be seamless for the 49ers, with the roster looking much like it did at the start of 2020.