Although, Shanahan said he’s unsure if Ward will play Sunday night’s preseason game against the Vikings.
Ward, 25, was taken with the No. 30 overall pick back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $7.112 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
The 49ers picked up Ward’s fifth-year option this past May, which will cost them $8,526,000 million for the 2018 season. Although, this figure is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
In 2016, Ward appeared in 11 games and recorded 54 tackles, one sack, an interception, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and 12 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 45 cornerback out of 111 qualifying players.