The San Francisco 49ers don’t hesitate to pay their players top-dollar when the time is right, and that certainly includes the linebacker position. According to multiple Wednesday reports, the 49ers have signed All-Pro LB Fred Warner to a record contract, making him the highest paid NFL LB ever, for the moment, anyway.
The reported terms are for a five-year deal worth $95 million with $40.5 million guaranteed. Here’s some more info from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Colts LB Darius Leonard could earn a more lucrative contract any day now, but Warner’s deal is historic, nonetheless. Plus, it further illustrates the 49ers willingness to re-sign their best players, no matter the cost.
But back to Warner. The 6-foot-3, 236 pound BYU product has started all 48 games he’s appeared in for the 49ers since San Francisco drafted him in the third round in 2018. He earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors last season and was the No. 1 rated LB by Pro Football Focus.
Now, Warner is all set to continue battering opponents. Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have built an impressively confident organization, ready to do whatever it takes to bring the franchise its sixth Super Bowl victory. Warner figures to help tremendously toward that end.
PLUS: Consider this tweet from Schefter. Who says good character traits aren’t worth any money, right?