The 49ers just announced they have declined the team option in Elvis Dumveril’s contract, making him a free agent next week.
Here’s a statement from General Manager John Lynch: “I want to thank Elvis for everything he contributed to our team last year both on the field and throughout our building. Not only did he bring a great deal of veteran leadership to our locker room at a time of significant change, but he provided a spark to our defense. Although Elvis isn’t in our current plans, we would never close the door on a potential return in the future. As a long-time friend, I wish him and his family well.”
Dumervil, 34, was scheduled to earn $3.75 million in 2018. Last season, he led the 49ers defense with 6.5 sacks. No other player recorded more than three. With Dumervil gone, the 49ers’ best edge rushers are Cassius Marsh and Eli Harold. Look for the 49ers to take an edge rusher in the first three rounds of the upcoming draft.
The 49ers also announced they tendered a one-year contract to running back Raheem Moster, and picked up the 2018 option of linebacker Dekoda Watson. The 49ers presumably kept Watson instead of Dumervil, because Watson plays special teams, and Dumervil doesn’t. Dumervil is good for only 10 to 15 defensive snaps per game.
Mostert is another special-teams standout. I expect he will make the 53-man roster.