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.
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Everything about this deal looks great except Hargrave’s AGE. 30 years old for a defensive lineman is the wrong time to give a massive deal. He’s probably got one solid year left before he starts to go down hill quickly.
Don’t agree. Experienced D lineman have a tendency to play well into their mid-30s. Technique and leverage play a big part. Most of these huge contracts are front loaded so you’re paying top $$ for 2-3 years. This guy brings huge pressure up the middle and to have sacks along with that…..the Boys are gonna’ be tough again!
Good to see Manteca being represented on here.
Lived in Manteca for about 20 yrs. My grandson was a starting QB for the Sierra High School, Wolvepack about 10 yrs ago.
Agree, very good signing with Hargrave. He will keep the 49ers Defense at the top of the league for years.
Massive get and one I didn’t think the FO would be willing to do. The 49ers D is going to be lit in 2023. Get excited Faithful!
I think the Hargrave signing means that the 9er O line will consist of Williams RT, Banks RG, C Zakelj/Brunskill/Poe, LG Burfort, LT McKivitz. I think the D just got a lot better but the O may have taken a step back.
Kinlaw on the trading block. I think they will get a 6th or 7th round pick in the 24 draft.
Unless he can get on the field and show some promise he could possibly up his market value.
He won’t beat out Hargrave, but if JH or AA miss any time Kinlaw could get a chance to make an impact.
Hopefully Givens and K. Davis can fill the rotational role. I also would love for the 49ers to wait until late next week then sweep in and sign H. Ridgeway on the cheap. It looks like they are going to sign Moseley. Another late FA deal could be A. Key
Ridgeway is GONE. The Texans got him.
The 49ers save about $2M if the they trade Kinlaw. I know they need every little bit of cap space but that’s not much. I wonder if there’s more value in keeping Kinlaw as a rotational back up and trying improve and get more out of him?
Yes, and how sad is that. Just couldn’t stay healthy…mountain of a man too, unrealized potential.
Here is one I did not expect Sam Darnold to the 9ers
Hopefully he can make the roster ( SD)…but if he does then what happened or didn’t happen for him to make it.