NFL Free Agency: 49ers Sign Top-Notch Rams Edge

Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam

Getty Outside linebacker Samson Ebukam #50 of the Los Angeles Rams.

The San Fransisco 49ers are adding some help to their pass rush by signing edge rusher Samson Ebukam to a two-year deal worth $12 million, which could reach $13.5 million with incentives, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport.

Of course, the signing can’t become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday, March 17th.

Ebukam isn’t going to have to move too far as he spent the last four seasons with the Rams in LA. Known across the league as being reliable, the Rams drafted Ebukam in the fourth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft and he hasn’t missed a game since. He started 14 games in 2020 and racked up 4.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup.

Over his four-year span in Los Angeles, Ebukam saw playing time in 64 games with 35 starts and recorded 14.0 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 28 quarterback hits, and six forced fumbles.

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Ebukam Was Quick to Change His Awkward Header

Ebukam was quick to change his Twitter head, but not quick enough when the news broke on social media that he would be joining the 49ers.

Ebukam’s header had previously been a picture of him sacking 49ers backup quarterback, Nick Mullens. It’s now a photo of a mean-looking gorilla.

Well, that wasn’t too awkward…was it?

Hopefully, Mullens doesn’t take it too personally because the Niners adding Ebukam to the defensive line is a power move. The 25-year-old linebacker is consistent and seems to be extremely durable and healthy.

Ebukam will join another powerhouse on the line, Nick Bosa, who is set to be back by Week 1 after missing the majority of the 2020 season due to an ACL tear. Javon Kinlaw and Arik Armstead are also expected to be starters.

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49ers Also Re-Signed Top Cornerback

The Niners spent Monday agreeing to terms with cornerback Jason Verrett as well. Verrett is set to stay in San Fran for another year on a deal worth 5.5 million-plus incentives that could take it to $6.5 million if he makes the Pro Bowl, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Rapoport also added that Verrett had a multi-year offer from the 49ers but decided to bet on himself again next season.

Verrett appeared in 13 games last season, which happened to be the most he’s played since 2015 when he was 100% healthy. The 29-year-old ended last season recording two interceptions and seven pass breakups while also posting a career-high 60 tackles and earning his first Pro Bowl appearance.

The Pro Bowler first came to San Francisco in 2019 after spending five years filled with injuries with the Chargers. Because of injuries, Verrett played in just 25 games in those five seasons, including a torn Achilles tendon suffered. And in his first season with the Niners, Verrett played just three snaps before returning closer to his normal form in 2020.

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