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At 10 points per game, the 49ers DST ranked as a top-10 unit, but they'll get drafted like a top-five unit this year. That's because they're headlined by pass rusher Nick Bosa and linebacker Fred Warner, two absolute studs. New additions this offseason include rushers Leonard Floyd and Yetur Gross-Matos, D-tackle Maliek Collins and linebacker De'Vondre Campbell, but it's new defensive coordinator Nick Sorensen who might be the biggest addition of all. Sorensen, a former safety, is very much in line with other former Niners defensive playcallers in that he's aggressive and values zone coverage. Expect him to help keep the Niners defense as one of the better units in Fantasy. Tack on a mostly favorable schedule to begin the year (the Jets, at the Vikings, at the Rams, vs. the Patriots) and there isn't a major weakness to call out. The Niners are worth one of your last two picks on Draft Day.

Fantasy News

  • Tashaun Gipson: Suspended six games

    Gipson has been suspended the first six games of the 2024 regular season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Gipson, who remains a free agent, will likely have a more difficult time finding interest from teams around the league now that he'll be unavailable for the first six games of the season. The veteran safety spent the prior two years in San Francisco, where he started 16 regular-season contests in 2023. Now, Gipson might ultimately need to wait until his suspension has run its course before finding a new home.
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  • 49ers' Tayler Hawkins: Back at minicamp

    Hawkins (wrist) was spotted participating during San Francisco's minicamp sessions. The 26-year-old safety out of San Diego State seems to be past the wrist injury that he sustained towards the end of the 49ers' 2023 campaign. Hawkins appeared in one game last season, recording four total tackles and nabbing one interception. He's expected to compete for a depth role in San Francisco's secondary as the offseason continues.
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  • Raymond Johnson: Gets cut loose

    Johnson was waived by the 49ers on Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Johnson joined the team in February, but he will now have to look for a new opportunity. The Georgia Southern product last played an NFL game in 2021 with the Giants, for whom he appeared in 15 contests, making four tackles.
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  • 49ers' Isaac Yiadom: Might play third corner role

    Yiadom is seen as a strong third corner option by the 49ers, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The seventh-year pro signed with San Francisco in March after playing the last two seasons with New Orleans. In 2023, Yiadom played in all 17 games and recorded 37 tackles and a career-high 14 passes defensed.
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  • 49ers' Dre Greenlaw: Ditches walking boot

    Greenlaw (Achilles) no longer requires a walking boot, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Greenlaw made a public appearance at an event in San Jose and discussed his recovery from Achilles surgery. He has previously said he hopes to be ready for Week 1, and his ability to walk without a boot is a small step in that direction. Greenlaw's level of participation at the start of training camp will be more telling regarding his availability come the regular season.
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  • Earnest Brown: Let go by Niners

    Brown was waived by the 49ers on Tuesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Brown headed to San Francisco in February after appearing in 12 games over two seasons with the Rams. The Northwestern product will depart the team, along with center Corey Luciano, to make room for recent additions Chris Hubbard and Shakel Brown.
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  • 49ers' Malik Mustapha: San Francisco adds in fourth round

    The 49ers selected Mustapha in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, 124th overall. Mustapha (5-foot-10, 209 pounds) is a burly safety out of Wake Forest with a downhill but explosive game, providing not just a physical presence but one that flies in screaming. He might even be comparable to his new teammate Talanoa Hufanga, who has made a mark the last two years as the strong safety in the 49ers defense. The 49ers doubtlessly love Hufanga, but he is returning from a Week 11 ACL tear and is in the last year of his contract. Mustapha, out of Wake Forest, might be the tentative long-term replacement if the 49ers can't find the necessary cap space for a Hufanga extension. If Mustapha can earn a three-down role at some point, he would likely project as a standout IDP option due to his consistent presence in the box.
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  • Logan Ryan: Announces retirement

    Ryan announced his retirement from the NFL via his personal Twitter/X account Tuesday. Ryan is calling it a career after 11 seasons in the NFL, a span highlighted by two Super Bowl victories during his tenure with New England. After leaving New England as a free agent in 2017, Ryan inked with Tennessee where he earned the distinction of catching Tom Brady's last pass as a member of the Patriots, a game-sealing pick-six to secure the Titans a wild-card round victory in during the 2019 season. Ryan also suited up for the Giants, Buccaneers and 49ers, where with the latter team he made an appearance in Super Bowl LVIII.
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  • Buccaneers' Randy Gregory: Adds depth to Tampa Bay defense

    Gregory agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Gregory will reunited in Tampa with outside linebackers coach George Edwards, whom the 2015 second-round pick played for while both were with the Cowboys. The addition of the 31-year-old will bolster Tampa Bay's edge rotation, with Gregory coming off a 2023 regular season in which he recorded 20 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games between the Broncos and 49ers.
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  • 49ers' Talanoa Hufanga: Expected back during training camp

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Hufanga (knee) is expected to return to the mix "sometime in training camp," David Lombardi of The Athletic reports. Hufanga tore his ACL during Week 11 last season, so look for the safety to work his way back gradually once he resumes on-field activities. Prior to sustaining his knee injury, the 2021 fifth-round pick had recorded 52 tackles and three interceptions in 10 regular-season contests. Once Hufanga is fully recovered, he'll have an opportunity to reclaim his role as the 49ers' starting strong safety.
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  • 49ers' Dre Greenlaw: Wants to be ready for Week 1

    Greenlaw (Achilles) is shooting to be ready for the start of the season, according to GM John Lynch, but he may need to start the season on the PUP list, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Greenlaw had surgery days after the Super Bowl to repair a torn left Achilles tendon he suffered during the game. How likely it is the Arkansas product will be ready Week 1 likely won't be known until the team arrives for training camp in late July.
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  • 49ers' Charvarius Ward: Will be ready for camp

    Ward (groin) underwent core-muscle surgery in February, but he should be ready for training camp according to GM John Lynch, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Ward had previously announced the surgery via his Instagram in February, but details of what the procedure was for and recovery time were absent. His ability to be ready to take the field for camp should have him suiting up Week 1 in 2024, assuming the 27-year-old doesn't suffer any setbacks in his recovery.
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  • Titans' Sebastian Joseph-Day: Lands in Tennessee

    Joseph-Day signed a contract with the Titans on Tuesday, Nick Suss of The Tennessean reports. Joseph-Day closed out last season with the 49ers after previously playing with the Chargers and Rams. The 29-year-old totaled 36 combined tackles, including 3.0 sacks, last season in his 16 regular-season games. He'll bolster the interior of the Titans' defensive line.
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  • Saints' Chase Young: In line for neck surgery

    Young is slated to undergo neck surgery that will keep him sidelined until at least training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. On the heels of signing a one-year, $13 million contract with the Saints on Monday, Young now will address an injury that may stem from the stinger that he suffered back in the 2023 preseason and resulted in him being inactive for Week 1. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 Draft, he spent the first three and a half seasons of his career with Washington before landing with the 49ers at the trade deadline in October. Young has 16.5 sacks among his 100 tackles in 43 career contests.
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  • Saints' Chase Young: Officially joins New Orleans

    The Saints and Young agreed to a contract Monday. According to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, Young's new deal will be for one year. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 Draft, Young earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors to kick off his career, but his next two seasons were derailed by injuries, and he split 2023 between the Commanders and 49ers. With 16.5 sacks in 43 games in his first four campaigns, he'll be a part of a New Orleans pass rush that features Cameron Jordan and Carl Granderson.
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  • Chase Young: Looks set to sign with New Orleans

    Young is expected to sign a contract with the Saints after visiting with the team Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Young, the No. 2 overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft and former Defensive Rookie of the Year, was acquired by the 49ers prior to last season's trade deadline. He tallied 2.5 sacks across nine regular-season games with San Francisco but was allowed to walk in free agency, where it looks like he'll get a fresh start in New Orleans. Young looks to finally be back in top form after knee issues significantly hampered him in 2021 and 2022, and it would be an ideal situation for him to pair with (and learn from) veteran defensive end Cameron Jordan with the Saints.
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  • Eagles' Oren Burks: Inks deal with Eagles

    Burks signed a one-year contract worth up to $2.5 million with Philadelphia on Saturday, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports. Burks saw the most defensive work of his career with San Francisco last season, tallying 308 defensive snaps and accumulating a career-best 46 tackles, including 1.0 sacks, over 15 regular-season games. He also continued to play on special teams, which had been his primary role in the NFL prior to last year. Burks will likely provide depth at linebacker for Philadelphia in the coming campaign while adding value as a core special-teamer.
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  • 49ers' Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles: Back with San Francisco

    The 49ers re-signed Flannigan-Fowles on a one-year deal Friday. Flannigan-Fowles will remain in San Francisco after spending the first four years of his career with the 49ers. The veteran linebacker has appeared in 61 games during his time in San Francisco, primarily contributing on special teams (1,100 of 1,566 career snaps on special teams). Expect Flannigan-Fowles to compete for a similar role once again this offseason.
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  • 49ers' Yetur Gross-Matos: Signs with San Francisco

    The 49ers signed Gross-Matos to a two-year, $18 million contract Thursday. Gross-Matos was the 38th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Panthers but never developed into a top-end pass rusher off the edge in Carolina. He registered just 13 sacks across four seasons, including a career-best 4.5 in 2023. Perhaps new Niners DC Nick Sorensen can get more out of the 26-year-old.
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  • Jaguars' Arik Armstead: Landing in Jacksonville

    The Jaguars are slated to sign Armstead (knee), Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Armstead, whose deal is reportedly for three years and $51 million, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, immediately becomes a linchpin of Jacksonville's defensive front, fixing a huge need for the team along the interior of the defensive line. The 30-year-old is recovering from surgery undergone to address a torn meniscus, which he played through during the 49ers' postseason run.
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