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FREE-AGENT LB KENDRICKS, 49ERS AGREE TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT




The 49ers have made another move in NFL free agency to address a position of need, signing former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Eric Kendricks to a one-year contract. Kendricks is expected to step in for injured linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the 49ers' Super Bowl LVIII loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and could be sidelined at the start of the 2024 NFL season. At 32 years old, Kendricks brings a wealth of experience and consistency to the team. Since his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings in 2015, he has been known as one of the league's most reliable linebackers, tallying over 100 tackles in eight consecutive seasons. Additionally, Kendricks boasts nine career interceptions, 57 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 18.5 sacks, 61 tackles for loss, and 36 quarterback hits across 132 career games.

Notably, Kendricks will reunite with former Chargers head coach and current 49ers assistant head coach Brandon Staley, who coached him during the 2023 season before his mid-season dismissal. In San Francisco, Kendricks will line up alongside 49ers All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner, providing the team with veteran depth and reliability at the position, especially in Greenlaw's absence.

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