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Grading 49ers 2019 Free Agent Signings
Grading 49ers 2019 Free Agent Signings

Jose Luis Sanchez III
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)]2 hours ago

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[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)]2019 didn’t have the ideal finish for the San Francisco 49ers who were seven minutes away from claiming footballs ultimate prize. However, despite falling short in the Super Bowl, it doesn’t diminish the phenomenal season the Niners had. 

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)]2019 came together perfectly like a completed puzzle. One of the reasons was the offseason moves the 49ers made in free agency. There weren’t many additions the team made, but they chose to go with quality over quantity. Most of the signings made a major impact, while others were just regular contributors. [/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)]Now that the 2019 season is completed, let’s reflect on how the free agent signings of the 49ers fared.

[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)]LB Kwon Alexander[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)][b]Contract[/b]: Four year, $54 million[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)][b]Grade:[/b] B[/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)][b]Analysis[/b]: To make up for the failed Rueben Foster experiment, the 49ers’ first order of business in free agency was to sign former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander. At first, the signing of Alexander was questionable considering the fact that he suffered a torn ACL in 2018. The 49ers gave him quite a bit of money and were clearly unbothered by any lingering health concerns. [/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)]Their investment in Alexander paid off dividends as he would become one of the best coverage linebackers in the game. Pairing him up with Fred Warner was an ingenious move. The two would fly to the ball in an instant. It was just too much speed at the position, along with Dre Greenlaw in base defense. [/color]
[color=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.72)]It wasn’t just his productivity that made him such a great commodity. Alexander established himself as a leader on the defensive side of the ball and provided them with an energy surge. He was practically a shot of adrenaline for the defense and they all just fed off of him. Alexander’s season was going stupendously until he tore his pectoral muscle on Halloween. [/color]

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