Starting 49er safety Michael Lewis was cut by the team after being demoted. But he wasn’t cut for being terrible it seems – he was cut because he asked to be cut if he wasn’t going to start. He started the first 3 games of the season (and the last 4 years) and then was demoted in favor of a young guy with lots of potential: Taylor Mays. You’ll remember Michael Lewis likely from his days in the Philly D.
Assuming the 49ers planned to keep him on the team (again, he asked to be cut), he’s probably not terrible. And Mays has been playing well (had a spectacular special teams TD last Sunday). While Lewis may have a bit of an attitude that needs exploring, the fact is we have an opportunity to nab a safety who was an NFL starter for years (up until last week). Why not bring him in at least? If Bigby isn’t in “playing shape” after Week 6, which I just heard this morning is possible, why not have another option there whose veteranocity, if you will, might enable him to pick up the defensive scheme quicker than some other guy.