The 49ers are signing Erik Kendricks to a one-year deal

This offseason, the Los Angeles Chargers were in a messy cap situation. The team needed to be below a certain number before 3/13 at 4:00 p.m.EST. As a result, the team has had to make some difficult decisions. On March 5th, the team parted way with veteran LB Eric Kendricks after just one season. 

That made Kendricks a free agent this offseason and he didn’t have to wait long for a new team to sign with. Today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the 49ers are signing the Pro Bowl LB to a one-year deal. Kendricks will add veteran depth at LB for San Francisco in 2024. They’ll need it after Dre Greenlaw tore his Achilles in the Super Bowl.

Eric Kendricks will play for the San Francisco 49ers in 2024

New 49ers LB Eric Kendricks is expected to try to help replace Dre Greenlaw, who tore his Achilles during the Super Bowl. https://t.co/NfBUIPT0c6

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2024

In 2023, Eric Kendricks was a team captain for the Los Angeles Chargers. However, former head coach Brandon Staley was fired mid-season and a new regime was brought in. Jim Harbaugh is now their head coach and they have a new GM in Joe Hortiz. Kendricks became a casualty of salary cap issues for the Chargers. They released the veteran LB and saved $6.5 million. Last season, Kendricks was second on the team with 117 tackles.

The free agent did not have to wait long to find a new landing spot for 2024. For eight straight seasons, Kendricks has had 100+ tackles. He’s shown stability as a LB and that’s something the 49ers need next season. Unfortunately, Dre Greenlaw tore his Achilles in the Super Bowl vs. Kansas City. There is doubt that he’ll be ready for the start of 2024. If that is true, Eric Kendricks could start the season at LB alongside Fred Warner. San Francisco is playing it safe by signing Kendricks. There is no need to rush Greenlaw back to start next season.

Eric Kendricks: 72.1 PFF Grade since 2020

13th among all LBs during that time 👊…


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Author : Zach Wolpin

Publish date : 2024-03-13 16:09:08

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