SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers took care of their last piece of massive offseason enterprise Wednesday, agreeing to phrases with Fred Warner on a contract that may make him the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in NFL historical past, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Warner and the Niners agreed to a five-year, $95 million deal that features $40.5 million assured, sources advised Schefter. The $19 million common annual worth surpasses the earlier excessive of $18 million per yr held by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner.
Warner’s $40.5 million is the second-highest assured whole for an off-ball linebacker, trailing solely the New York Jets‘ C.J. Mosley’s $51 million, in line with ESPN Stats & Data.
The deal comes six days earlier than the 49ers are scheduled to report back to coaching camp and 10 days earlier than they begin follow on July 31, which was all the time considered as an unofficial deadline for Warner and the staff to finish a deal.
Warner, 24, left little doubt that he wished to get a deal finished this previous Could throughout organized staff actions, when he mentioned he needs “to be a Niner for all times.”
A 3rd-round decide within the 2018 draft, Warner ranks seventh within the NFL in tackles (366) and is one among two gamers with 250-plus solo tackles (252) and 15-plus move breakups (16) in that point, together with Wagner.
Warner completed final season with 125 tackles, a sack, a pressured fumble, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions as he earned his first Professional Bowl and All-Professional nods together with the Niners’ two most prestigious staff awards.
Warner joins tight finish George Kittle and left sort out Trent Williams in touchdown record-setting contracts for his or her place previously yr. Kittle re-signed simply earlier than final yr’s coaching camp and Williams agreed to his take care of the Niners in March.
Getting Warner’s deal finished now additionally helps reset the marketplace for his place because the Indianapolis Colts’ Darius Leonard and Chicago Bears’ Roquan Smith are additionally due for profitable extensions.