San Francisco 49ers add safety to Tashaun Gipson after Jimmie Ward’s injury

The San Francisco 49ers sign Tashaun Gipson Sr. for veteran safety, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gipson gives the 49ers an insurance policy on the safety position, where Jimmie Ward is in danger of missing out at the start of the free safety week 1 due to a hamstring injury.

“There’s a chance,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said last week when asked if Ward was in danger of missing the opener. “It was a pretty bad hamstring injury. … We’ll see how it plays out here in the coming weeks.”

Gipson, 32, has played for the Chicago Bears for the past two seasons, starting all 28 games he has played and intercepting four passes. He usually started on strong safety with Chicago, but has started several seasons in free safety during his career.

A 10-year veteran, Gipson has 27 interceptions, 57 defending passes and 563 tackles in 140 games (132 starts).

The 49ers also have veterans George Odum and Tarvarius Moore as options to replace Ward if his injury lingers into the regular season.

Nick Wagoner of ESPN contributed to this report.

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