49ers, Cornerback Isaiah Oliver agree to terms

The 49ers have been busy since the unofficial start to NFL free agency Monday morning, agreeing to terms with three additions while holding on to five of their own.

Below is a list of the 49ers additions, re-signings, losses and pending free agents along with a projected depth chart. These will all be updated as the 49ers makes moves.

3:55: According to NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo the 49ers have agreed to terms with former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver on a two-year contract.

After losing Jimmie Ward to Houston, the 49ers were in need of a new slot cornerback. That’s where Oliver fits.

Oliver was a 2018 second round pick of the Falcons out of Colorado. He played collegiately at Colorado where he was teammates with former 49ers second round pick Akhello Witherspoon.

During his first two seasons in Atlanta, Oliver struggled while playing on the outside.

In 2020, the Falcons began using Oliver in the slot the majority of the time and he quickly found success. The following season saw Oliver go down with a season ending knee injury just four games into the season.

Oliver signed a one-year deal to stay with the Falcons for 2022. After missing the first five games, Oliver returned to the field. In 12 games Oliver finished with 37 tackles, three tackles for loss, seven passes defended, a sack, and an interception while holding opposing quarterbacks to a rating of just 72.4.

1:40: The 49ers did not tender restricted free agent linebacker Demetrius Flannigan Fowles making him an unrestricted free agent.

The former undrafted free agent made three starts in three seasons with the 49ers and played all 17 games in 2022.

1:00: According to a report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter earlier this morning, the 49ers have agreed to a one-year deal with Las Vegas Raiders pass rusher Clelin Ferrell.

The fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft, Ferrell has struggled to live up to expectations. In four seasons with the Raiders, Ferrell had just ten sacks, 32 quarterback hits and 15 tackles for loss.

San Francisco defensive line coach Kris Kocurek has proven he can turn around careers.

Kerry Hyder parlayed a career-high 8.5 sacks into a three-year, $16.5 million contract with Seattle.

Arden Key went from disappointment to a valued free agent addition after recording 6.5 sacks under Kocurek in 2021.

The latest example was Charles Omenihu. San Francisco obtained the pass rusher near the trade deadline for a sixth-round draft pick. Omenihu posted a career-high 4.5 sacks last season. He has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with Kansas City.


DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles: Four years, $84 million, $40 million guaranteed at signing)

QB Sam Darnold (Panthers: One-year, $4.5 million. Potential for up to $11.5 million with incentives)

DL Clelin Ferrell (Raiders: One-year, terms not disclosed)

DB Isaiah Oliver (Falcons:


Jake Brendel (Four years, $8 million guaranteed, max value of $20 million)

S Tashaun Gipson (One-year, $2.9 million)

OL Colton McKivitz (Two years, $4.56 million, $2.87 million guaranteed, $1.87 million guaranteed at signing)

DL Kevin Givens (One-year, $2 million, fully guaranteed)

LS Taybor Pepper (Three years, $3.96 million, $1.5 million fully guaranteed)


QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Raiders: Three years, $72.75 million, $33.75 guaranteed at signing)

OT Mike McGlinchey (Broncos: Five-years, $87.5 million, $17.5 million signing bonus, $52.5 million guaranteed)

DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texans: One-year, up to $4 million, $3 million guaranteed at signing)

FS Jimmie Ward (Texans: Two years, $13 million, $8.5 million fully guaranteed at signing)

CB Emmanuel Moseley (Lions: One-year, $6 million)

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (Titans: One year, worth up to $6 million)

DE Samson Ebukam (Colts: Three years, $24 million with $10.755 guaranteed)

OL Daniel Brunskill (Titans: Two years, terms were not disclosed)

DE Charles Omenihu (Chiefs: Two years, $20 million, $8.6 million guaranteed)

Pending Free Agents

LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles

K Robbie Gould

DE Kerry Hyder

TE Tyler Kroft

DT Maurice Hurst

QB Josh Johnson

DE Jordan Willis

TE Ross Dwelley

CB Jason Verrett

S Tarvarius Moore

DL T.Y. McGill

Depth Chart

Here is how I see the 49ers depth chart at this time. I will update this throughout the offseason and training camp. Players with new contracts will be in bold.

Offense Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Quarterback Brock Purdy Trey Lance Sam Darnold
Running Back Christian McCaffrey Elijah Mitchell Jordan Mason Ty Davis-Price
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk
LWR Brandon Aiyuk Danny Gray
RWR Deebo Samuel Jauan Jennings Ray-Ray McCloud
TE George Kittle Charlie Woerner
Left Tackle Trent Williams
Left Guard Aaron Banks
Center Jake Brendel Nick Zakelj
Right Guard Spencer Burford
Right Tackle Colton McKivitz Jaylon Moore


Defense Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
LDE Drake Jackson Clelin Ferrell
LDT Javon Hargrave Javon Kinlaw Kalia Davis
RDT Arik Armstead Kevin Givens
RDE Nick Bosa
WLB Dre Greenlaw Oren Burks
MLB Fred Warner
SLB Marcelino McCray-Ball
LCB Deommodore Lenoir Ambry Thomas
SS Talanoa Hufanga
FS Tashaun Gipson George Odum
RCB Charvarius Ward
NB Isaiah Oliver Samuel Womack


Special Teams Player 1
Punter Mitch Wishnowsky
Long Snapper  


Taybor Pepper



Alfredo Gutierrez (OL) Curtis Robinson (LB) Alex Barrett (DE) Jason Poe (OL) A.J. Parker (CB)
Qwuantrezz Knight (DB) Tayler Hawkins (S) Keith Ismael (OC) Leroy Watson (OL) Tay Martin (WR)
Dazz Newsome (WR) Tyron Johnson (WR) Tre Swilling (CB)


This article has 29 Comments

  1. Another good signing. Kocurak will make him a lot of money like he did with Omenihu. I was hoping to bring back Arden Key, but Ferrell might be able to help as a backup.
    We really need Drake Jackson to make his mark this year.

    1. Re Ferrell “Kocurak will make him a lot of money like he did with Omenihu”; that’s for sure, lets see… who else did well… Azeez Al-Shaair and Mosley. Darn well know that they earned the careers they got but the 49ers gave them the chance they needed. Wish at least Mosley could have stayed. Not saying they are not thankful cause I know they are but to develop players like that just to see them go to another team is tough. Jimmy Ward was drafted by Trent Balke the grinder. He was one of the most loyal players for the 49ers. Bless him and I hope he does well in Texas.

  2. I think the 49ers last 2 signings will be Hyder or Willis at DE and McGill at DT they will be signed for the vet minimum. Then off to the draft. I see the 9ers drafting:
    3rd round OT, DT, TE, DE and or K
    Rounds 5-7 OLB, S 2nd OT, G, QB and CB
    2nd scenario package all 3 3rd rounders to move up into the 2nd round to pick an OT
    I see them staying with their three 3rds because they need to replace a lot of depth this year.

    1. OldCoach
      * “package all 3 3rd rounders to move up into the 2nd round to pick an OT”
      * Who OT) would you move up into the 2md Rd to draft?
      * While I don’t see the 9ers doing it, for the same reason as you). IMO, if the 9ers did, the only OT I could see Lynch trading all 3 third round draft picks for would be OT Darnell Wright, Tenn.?
      NOTE: Pre and Post Senior Bowl, I had OT Anton Harrison Ok. on my 9er watch big board. After his Combine performance, he’s now moved up the draft board to late first or early second round.

  3. I just wanted to pop in and state that – to call the 49ers organization a “well oiled machine” at this point …. might be a major understatement! I fully expect them to field one of the deepest, most talented rosters in the NFL in 2023 …. if not THE MOST!

    Between monopolizing the NFL’s Compensation System, splurging on PROVEN blue chip talent (Mooney, Hargraves), resurrecting defensive lineman (Key, Ominehu, etc), and finding mid to late round draft GEMS …. it’s been an extremely impressive few years.

    1. The 49ers have an awesome team building strategy going on right now (special shout out to John Lynch, and due credit to Kyle), and I am definitely enjoying the ride! It’s been an incredibly entertaining 4 years running, and I think 2023 and 2024 just might be the culmination!

      I’ve been fair, critical, and complimentary of the 49ERS for years. 3 conference championship in 4 years? You can’t criticize that, even though Kyle Shanahan can certainly be his own worst enemy!

      Cheers guys, and GO NINERS!

      1. Hey rob, thanks for that! I appreciate it.

        Having said all of this, I can’t completely overlook the TREY LANCE situation, because that’s a boatload of draft capital, but that one is 100% on Kyle. John Lynch, Paraag Marathe, and John’s personnel department are hitting on all cylinders, but it was Kyle’s job to coach Trey up to speed, and Kyle has failed at that so far, and until proven otherwise, that’s a major black eye for Kyle, although he’s doing the majority of everything else pretty much right as a HC! He just needs to let the personnel department handle the evaluations :)

        1. Maybe this is the year that Trey Lance seizes his destiny, and the opportunity at hand. I really like the kid, love him as a person, but I do have a problem with his throwing motion … I just do. Always have. I thought the 49ers would make fixing that a top priority for the kid first thing, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

          Anyways, despite that, it’s almost entirely GOOD VIBES for my Niners right now, and I have to give another shout out to 49ERS QB Coach – Brian Griese and the job he did last season! GRADE: A


    It’s awful nice to see everyone on the plus side of the niners. I’m sorry to lose both Moseley and Jimmy Ward, as well as Omenihu and Ebukam; but we have to open up some space for the rest of the league…Mt. McGlinchey became a real pro while with us, and Ridgeley is just beginning…. I’m riding with Shannahan on the Trey Lance thing, but I won’t blame Kyle…he didn’t tackle him (twice)…It’s football guys…no tuu tuus up here. With Brock and Trey, I believe that Darnold will progress. ON TO THE DRAFT!,,,, So long Jimmy G. lots of good memories

    1. OREGON,
      Longtime no see. Nice to have you back. Yes, it’s onto the draft. It will be interesting to see if the 49ers decide to make a trade by packaging some of their picks, or will they keep them all in light of the recent FA signings. They could find some talent in the 3rd round to continue to build for the future or make a trade to get into the 2nd for someone they covet who can help in their rookie season.

  5. Solid Signings bye the 9ers ; not going to fret over the Lack of Edge Depth,this Draft Class is Loaded with DE’s that would fit perfectly on the 9ers Defensive Front.

  6. I absolutely love the Oliver signing. I was pleasantly surprised with Lennoir this year but I’m hoping Womack wins the nickel CB job and Oliver/Lennoir battle it out for CB2. 49ers will need all of these players. I’m hoping Womack is a Pro Bowl level Nickel CB and either Oliver or Lennoir are Pro Bowl CB on the outside. Not sure how Atlanta used Oliver but he may be a good press corner on the outside. Hope he gets a chance at that spot.

    Don’t really care for the Ferrell signing. He might be a good backup but he’s not a good DE2. Even coming out of college I felt like Ferrell would struggle in the NFL. He has no bend. No lateral movement or quickness. He’s got all the size, straight line speed measurables but when it comes to athleticism, he’s below average. He might be depth but he’s certainly not the big time compliment to Bosa the 49ers need.

    1. Ferrell works hard/is active and does decent w collapsing the pocket- he can also rotate inside…….

      * I hope/anticipate Wilks is more aggressive w the D next year- Lenoir played better than given credit for, I believe…. Womack supposed to be great in Man.

    2. Pat,
      Ferrell is a run stopper and does a great job setting the edge. I see his role as a rotational DE who plays first downs giving Bosa and Jackson rest.

  7. Pat,
    Ferrell is a run stopper and does a great job setting the edge. I see his role as a rotational DE who plays first downs giving Bosa and Jackson rest.

  8. DP,
    Wilks is known as a blitz enthusiast, I wouldn’t be surprised if Warner doesn’t end up with as many as 8 sacks with Hufanga and Greenlaw getting 5 each

  9. Grant says: “If Oliver wins the starting cornerback job, the 49ers can move Deommodore Lenoir back to nickelback, where he started last season before Moseley went down” after he explained why Wilks want Oliver over E-Man (due to his ability to play zone coverage better). Jack sees Oliver in the slot instead.

    Looking forward for the season to see where the CBs will play.

    1. There’s another scenario that hasn’t been brought up. What if Oliver plays on the outside but then kicks inside in the Nickel package? Then Dumbledore or Thomas play on the outside. That’s what the 49ers used to do with Carlos Rogers. He’d kick inside and Culliver would come in and play on the outside.

    2. Lenoir played better once he was moved outside last year, and Oliver improved once he was moved inside by Atlanta in 2020. Don’t need to overthink this one.

      1. At the Combine he had a 1.55 split. Plus he’s extremely athletic and has long arms. He’s also over 200 lbs. Seems to fit the bill at nickle.

  10. I’ve read on other sites (for what it’s worth) that because of lack of speed, Atlanta eventually moved Oliver to nickel; that is, even in zone, he wasn’t good outside, but he is quick and long and played well to his strengths vs. the slot.

  11. Any chance Niners will sign Clooney? Wow, but what a formidable defensive line that would be if they could.

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