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#1 Posted : Thursday, November 7, 2019 1:47:28 AM(UTC)

SANTA CLARA Garry Gilliam Color Rush Jersey , Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers opened the new league year Wednesday by acquiring the defensive playmaker the team was sorely lacking in edge rusher Dee Ford.The 49ers are sending a 2020 second-round pick to Kansas City for Ford and are giving him a five-year, $87.5 million contract, according to his agent.San Francisco also agreed to a two-year deal with running back Tevin Coleman to add depth in the backfield, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. ESPN reported that deal would be worth $10 million.The 49ers also agreed to bring back defensive back Jimmie Ward on a one-year contract worth up to $5 million, a person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity because the signing hadn’t been announced.San Francisco also announced a four-year deal the team had agreed to earlier in the week with linebacker Kwon Alexander worth $54 million.The Chiefs had placed the franchise tag on Ford after he had a career-high 13 sacks last season and led the NFL with seven forced fumbles. But they had questions about how he’d fit in new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense and decided to trade him instead of paying him $15.4 million for this season.Ford was picked in the first round by Kansas City in 2014 but went through some growing pains as he adapted to life in the NFL and has an injury history that is cause for concern. He had 17 1/2 sacks his first four seasons and was limited to just six games in 2017 because of a back injury.But he emerged as a star this past season as a key part of a defense that helped Kansas City make it to the AFC championship game. But his offside penalty late in that game against New England negated an interception that could have sealed a victory. The Patriots scored a TD on that drive and won the game in overtime.Ford led all edge rushers with 84 total quarterback pressures last season, according to Pro Football Focus, to go with the sacks and forced fumbles and is exactly the kind of playmaker the 49ers lacked on defense this past season.San Francisco set an NFL record for futility with just seven takeaways, including a record-low two interceptions, as a lack of an edge rusher played a big role in a 4-12 season.“You have to have a guy who can close out games https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Garrett-Celek-Jersey , close out halves,” general manager John Lynch said at the combine when talking about the need for better pass rushers. “When you have them, they can be a difference-maker.”The 49ers haven’t had an edge rusher reach double-digits in sacks since Aldon Smith had 19 1/2 in 2012 and have the fifth-fewest overall sacks in the NFL the past six seasons. DeForest Buckner led the team with 12 sacks this past season, mostly from an interior spot.Coleman will be reunited with coach Kyle Shanahan, who was his offensive coordinator his first two seasons in Atlanta in 2015-16. Coleman rushed for 800 yards last season at an average of 4.8 per carry and also had 32 catches for 276 yards and scored nine TDs overall.He will team in the backfield with Jerick McKinnon, who is coming off an ACL injury that cost him the entire 2018 season after being a big acquisition last March. San Francisco also has Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert as reserves.Ward was a first-round pick by San Francisco in 2014 but has played only 51 games over five seasons because of various injuries. He has experience playing both cornerback and safety and offers versatility for San Francisco. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo’s return from a season-ending knee injury hit a few road bumps during training camp and the preseason.Now Garoppolo must face the next test in his comeback, with his first regular-season game in more than 11 months. The San Francisco 49ers visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener Sunday.He’s eager to get back on the field for games that count after a summer of people dissecting his every throw to determine whether he could still be a franchise quarterback.“It’s been a long time coming, so I’m excited to get back out there Arik Armstead Jersey ,” Garoppolo said Wednesday. “I don’t know, you can’t really listen to all that stuff. We’ve got so much going on with our stuff, mentally, physically, that you’re trying to deal with all that. It’s exciting to be back.”The 49ers are counting on a healthy and effective Garoppolo this season after four straight losing seasons and just 10 wins total in the first two campaigns under coach Kyle Shanahan.Garoppolo acknowledged having some physical and mental hurdles to clear during the offseason and training camp and the question remains how quickly he’ll be back up to speed in the regular season.“I know Jimmy can play,” Shanahan said. “I can’t tell you exactly how he’s going to play, every single play or every single game. I know Jimmy is going to have some ups and downs, but I don’t sit there and try to make a different decision based off of one practice or one preseason game and then flip the next game. Jimmy’s working his way back. He’s ready to go. He’s as far along as he can be. I know he’s confident, excited for the season Frank Gore Color Rush Jersey , but we need Sunday to come not just for him but for all of us. We’ve all been itching for this game since the season ended last year and when you’re coming back from an injury I think that’s even heightened for those type of players.”Garoppolo was supposed to reverse the 49ers’ fortunes after being acquired in the middle of the 2017 season from New England. He stepped in as the starter late in that season and won all five of his starts to end the year, earning a five-year, $137.5 million contract as the new face of the franchise.Things didn’t go so smoothly the next season as Garoppolo struggled in his three starts before the injury. He completed less than 60% of his passes before the injury and saw his yards per attempt drop, while his sack and interception rates went up.He spent his time on the sideline getting tutored in the intricacies of the offense by former NFL coach Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father, and also tinkered a bit with his mechanics during offseason sessions with quarterback guru Tom House.But that process to get back to the form he showed late in 2017, when he was one of the game’s most promising prospects, wasn’t always smooth this summer. He had some rough practices, including one where he threw interceptions on five straight throws.He then had a horrible first exhibition game in Denver https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Bradley-Pinion-Jersey , completing 1 of 6 passes for 0 yards and an interception. But he played well in his second start at Kansas City and now the Niners want to see if he can build on that when the season starts against Tampa Bay.“I think everybody is (excited). Not just here, but all over America is ready to see what Jimmy Garoppolo can do,” right tackle Mike McGlinchey said. “We’re all really excited to see what he can do and we expect nothing but great things from him this week.”NOTES: DE Nick Bosa (ankle), WR Dante Pettis (groin), C Weston Richburg (knee), CB Jason Verrett (ankle), CB K’Waun Williams (knee) were all limited at practice. … LT Joe Staley got a veteran day off from practice. … WR Jalen Hurd (back) was held out and is doubtful to play this week. … WR Trent Taylor (foot) will also miss the game.
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