This is the live blog for 49ers free agency. It will be updated frequently.
The open contact period of NFL free agency kicks off on Monday morning at 9:00 Pacific. Teams can negotiate with free agents; however, contracts do not become official until the start of the new league year Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
The 49ers agreed to a one-year deal with veteran safety Tashaun Gipson. Gipson joined the 49ers midway through training camp and the free safety went on to lead the team in interceptions last season.
This is a good signing for San Francisco. Gipson is a solid player, and the short-term deal does not keep the team from adding a player through the draft.
San Francisco is rumored to be interested in adding Za’Darius Smith after the veteran pass rusher requested his release from the Minnesota Vikings late last week.
Smith would be a terrific fit for a 49ers defense in need of a pass rush threat opposite Nick Bosa. He has posted double digit sack totals in three of the last four seasons.
Despite missing all but one game in 2021, Smith returned in 2022 to record 10 sacks in his first season with Minnesota.
According to Josina Anderson, the 49ers have shown interest in cornerback Tre Herndon.
Herndon played primarily in the slot last year for Jacksonville. The five-year veteran allowed 414 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 117.5 when targeted last season.
According to Adam Schefter the 49ers have reach agreement with defensive tackle Javon Hargrave on a four-year, $84 million deal that includes $40 million guaranteed at signing.
Hargrave is coming off a career best season with the Philadelphia Eagles which saw the now 30-year-old finish with 11 sacks.
San Francisco stays true to their belief of building the defense from the front back. Pairing Hargrave with Arik Armstead in the middle of the defensive line will create pressure in the face of opposing quarterbacks while also helping free up Nick Bosa.
The 49ers continue making moves along the defensive line, re-signing restricted free agent Kevin Givens to a one-year deal worth $2.1 million.
Givens recorded 15 total quarterback pressures in 2022 to go along with seven tackles for loss, second most on the team.
According to reports, the 49ers have reached out to representatives of cornerback Emmanuel Moseley. San Francisco is requesting the opportunity to match any offer Moseley is looking for.
Moseley’s 2022 season was off to a solid start before suffering a season ending knee injury against Carolina in early October.
According to Adam Schefter, San Francisco has agreed to terms with Sam Darnold.
Darnold was the third pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The former USC Trojan struggled through three seasons with the Jets and was traded during the 2021 offseason.
Starving for a quarterback, Carolina sent a 2021 sixth-round pick and second and fourth-round picks in 2022 to New York in exchange for Darnold.
After another down season in 2021, Darnold was replaced by Baker Mayfield and P.J. Walker to begin 2022. Darnold got another chance after Mayfield was benched due to poor play and Walker was injured.
Darnold mad the most of his opportunity, leading Carolina to a 4-2 record over the final six weeks of the season. He finished 2022 completing just 58.6 percent of his 140 passes with seven touchdowns and three interceptions.
According to Ian Rapoport, Jimmie Ward is expected to sign with the Houston Texans.
Ward lost the starting free safety job to Tashaun Gipson last season but played well in the slot once returning.
Samuel Womack started the first couple games last season in the slot before being replaced by Deommodore Lenoir and eventually Ward. The 49ers will be making a move to fill this spot.
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.
|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)