NFL Free Agency, San Francisco 49ers

49ers re-sign Jimmie Ward: Grades, reaction and more

Jimmie Ward is staying put after the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a deal with the versatile safety, who follows Arik Armstead in remaining with the team.

Jimmie Ward will remain a member of the San Francisco 49ers after agreeing to a new contract with the NFC champions.

Adam Caplan reported the deal.

Ward has divided opinion since the 49ers took him with the 30th-overall pick in 2014. He endured a difficult rookie year and much of his pro career has been blighted by struggles staying healthy.

However, he enjoyed an excellent 2019 and made the free safety role his own. Given the importance of the position to Robert Saleh’s defense, it makes sense for the 49ers to bring him back having finally found an answer at that spot.

Contract Details

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Ward agreed to a three-year deal worth $28.5million.

National Reaction

The 49ers had more salary cap room to re-sign Ward following the stunning trade of DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. Effectively, the Niners chose re-signing Armstead and Ward over giving Buckner, consistently one of their best defensive players since his arrival in 2016, a monster extension.

Both will need to live up to their deals to vindicate that decision. Keeping Ward around ensures the 49ers will not have a massive hole to fill in the secondary, and they have retained his services at a reasonable price.

However, having finally won over fans last season, Ward enters 2020 under significant pressure to maintain the consistency that made him a priority re-signing for San Francisco.

Grade: A-

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