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NFL Free Agency 2012: Free Agent Safety Madieu Williams Signs With Redskins

The San Francisco 49ers just took a big blow to their defensive backfield as free agent safety Madieu Williams has signed with the Redskins, according to a tweet from CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. Williams had visited with the Falcons as well as the Redskins before deciding to sign with the NFC East team.

This now leaves the 49ers barren at the backup safety spot which now will probably have to be filled through the NFL Draft that's right around the corner. The Niners have already lost Reggie Smith to the Carolina Panthers, leaving starters Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner to have to rely on C.J. Spillman and Colin Jones as their backups. Spillman is more of a special teams player, used sparingly in actual defensive packages and Jones had only one snap last season.

It's one of the few spots the Niners don't look settled in and it will have to be watched closely in the coming weeks.

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