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49ers Free Agency Recap and Reactions

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Kwon Alexander: The 49ers struck quickly in free agency to land Alexander, signing him to a 4-year $54 million contract. Alexander, a two-time team captain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is recovering from a torn ACL sustained in October. In addition to his leadership, Alexander brings a knack for creating turnovers, something the 49ers desperately need.

Tevin Coleman: In a surprise move, the 49ers added to their already deep stable of running backs, signing Coleman to a 2-year contract worth $8.5 million. Coleman rejoins head coach Kyle Shanahan and running backs coach Bobby Turner, both of whom he played for in Atlanta.

Jason Verrett: The 49ers added competition to the cornerback position by adding Verrett, who when healthy, is an excellent cornerback. Health is the issue for Verrett, who has played in only 25 of 80 possible games in his career.

David Mayo: The 49ers signed the former Carolina Panthers special-teams standout to a 2-year contract. Mayo also figures to add depth to the linebacking corp.

Jordan Matthews: Matthews, a former second round pick of the Eagles, brings much needed size (6-2, 215 pounds) to the receiving corps.


Mike Person: The 49ers brought back their starting right guard on a 3-year $8.25 million contract with $2.45 million guaranteed. Person is a versatile interior offense lineman who can play either guard position and at center.

Jimmie Ward: The oft-injured defensive back comes back on a 1-year $5 million contract and as of now looks to be the early leader to start at free safety.

Kyle Nelson: In a move that was somewhat of a surprise, the 49ers brought back the veteran long snapper on a 4-year contract. Nelson will sit out the first six games of 2019 as he serves out the balance of a 10-game PED suspension.

Antone Exum: Exum tied for the team lead in interceptions last year and scored the team’s lone defensive touchdown in 2018. He is coming back on a 1-year deal.

Franchise Tag:

Robbie Gould: The front office dusted off the franchise tag, using it for the first time since 2012, on Gould. The franchise tag will pay Gould just north of $4.9 million this season, but the team hopes to work out a multi-year deal before the July 15 deadline.


Raheem Mostert: Mostert is a restricted free agent and was given a 1-year $2.025 million tender. The 49ers have the right to match any offer made to Mostert by another team.

Elijah Lee: Lee is an exclusive rights free agent, meaning that simply by tendering him a contract the 49ers are able to retain his rights. Lee started five games at Will linebacker in 2018 and figures to be the primary backup to the newly-acquired Kwon Alexander.

Greg Mabin: Like Lee, Mabin is an exclusive rights free agent. He started one game in 2018 and figures to be battling for a roster spot in 2019.


Alfred Morris: Morris is an unrestricted free agent who will be looking to play elsewhere next year.

Mark Nzeocha: The German-born Nzeocha started three games at linebacker last year but made his biggest contributions on special teams. Nzeocha is an unrestricted free agent who may find his way back to the 49ers and try to earn a backup role in 2019.

Tyvis Powell: Powell was not tendered a contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.


Bradley Pinion: Pinion, a fifth round pick in 2015, has signed a 4-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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