The San Francisco 49ers agreed on a five-year contract extension with Fred Warner that makes him the highest-paid off-ball linebacker within the NFL.
An individual conversant in the deal stated Wednesday that the extension that runs via 2026 is value about $95 million with $40.5 million in ensures. The individual spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the crew hadn’t introduced the deal but.
ESPN first reported the deal.
The deal tops the $18 million a 12 months common for Seattle’s Bobby Wagner, which had been the highest on the place.
Locking up Warner with a long-term deal was one of many key duties for San Francisco earlier than the beginning of coaching camp subsequent week.
This contract comes on the heels of the $75 million, five-year contract extension that star tight finish George Kittle acquired final summer season because the Niners do their finest to maintain their younger core gamers. They have been unable to do this with defensive sort out DeForest Buckner, who was traded for a first-round choose to Indianapolis in 2020 as a substitute.
Coach Kyle Shanahan stated in the course of the offseason program that he deliberate to have Warner round without end and this new deal helps obtain that purpose.
The previous third-round choose has developed into one of many high all-around linebackers within the league after being drafted within the third spherical in 2018.
Warner made a right away impression, beginning all 48 video games since getting into the league. He helped San Francisco make it to the Tremendous Bowl in his second season after which earned first-team All-Professional honors in 2020.
Warner is a talented all-around linebacker, thriving in protection and in opposition to the run. The 54% completion charge he allowed final season when focused as the closest defender ranked the perfect within the NFL among the many linebackers focused at the very least 20 instances, in response to NFL NextGen stats.
In three seasons, Warner has 21 passes defensed, three interceptions, 5 pressured fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 15 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.
NOTES: The Niners additionally signed third-round operating again Trey Sermon to a four-year deal. … San Francisco claimed WR Nsimba Webster off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams.
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