The San Francisco 49ers opened free agency with a bang.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers have agreed to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave on a four-year, $84 million deal with $40 million guaranteed at signing.
Hargrave was terrific for Philadelphia last season. In addition to recording 11 sacks, the 30-year-old recorded 66 total quarterback pressures. No 49ers interior defensive lineman has eclipsed 60 pressures in a season since DeForest Buckner tallied 66 in 2019.
There’s an old saying that the best ability is availability. Hargrave fits this having played 79 of 82 regular season games over his first five NFL seasons.
Signing Hargrave fits San Francisco’s pattern of building from the defensive line back.
Pairing Hargrave with Arik Armstead inside gives the 49ers a ferocious one-two punch in the middle that should create trouble for opposing quarterbacks. There’s nothing that causes quarterbacks trouble like having pressure in their face.
Having Hargrave and Armstead tying up blockers inside should also help Nick Bosa. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year finished with 18.5 sacks in 2022. The next closest pass rusher for the 49ers last season was Samson Ebukam who recorded only five.
The signing could be a sign the 49ers are confident in what they heard from Dr. Keith Meister regarding Brock Purdy’s recovery timeline.
In Purdy the 49ers have a quarterback under team control through 2025 with an average salary under $1.2 million. With Fred Warner, George Kittle, Arik Armstead, Trent Williams and Deebo Samuel already receiving top end salaries, the savings Purdy’s contract provides allows moves such as the addition of Hargrave and the new contract Bosa is expected to receive this offseason.