49ers, Joshua Garnett Agree To Deal

The 49ers and first-round guard Joshua Garnett have reached an agreement on a contract, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported earlier Friday that the two sides were nearing a deal (Twitter link). With Garnett under contract, the Chargers’ Joey Bosa is now the last remaining holdout from the first round of this year’s draft.

Joshua Garnett

As the 28th overall pick, Garnett should make upward of $9.3MM on his four-year pact, which includes a signing bonus in the $4.97MM neighborhood and a fifth-year option. Garnett was the second top-round selection the 49ers had this year. They grabbed ex-Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner with the seventh choice before trading back into the first round for Garnett. In order to do that, the 49ers shipped three picks – a second-rounder (No. 37), a fourth-rounder (No. 105) and a sixth-rounder (No. 178) – to the Chiefs for No. 28 and a seventh-rounder (No. 249).

A former Stanford Cardinal, Garnett’s play last year earned him the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the best interior offensive lineman in the nation, and consensus All-America honors.

“In our minds, he was the best run-blocking lineman in this draft,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said of the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder.

Garnett, whose father is former NFL nose tackle Scott Garnett (a 49er in 1985), could end up as San Francisco’s Week 1 starter at right guard, as Roster Resource shows. The 49ers’ starter for most of 2015, Jordan Devey, was among Pro Football Focus’ lowest-ranked guards and is now a member of the Chiefs. Of greater concern, the interior of the 49ers’ O-line took a notable pre-draft hit when longtime stalwart Alex Boone signed with the Vikings as a free agent.

Here’s a look at the 49ers’ 11-player draft class:

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4 comments on “49ers, Joshua Garnett Agree To Deal

  1. Not only did the 49’s trade up to make a reach pick they probably could have gotten if they had stayed where they were, they had to overpay to sign him.

    • aarongill

      Nope, Seahawks wouldve took him. We screwed the Seahawks into picking a round 3 projected guard.

    • Thronson5

      Doesn’t really matter if they reached to get him. He is a good lineman and will help the team and they still have a ton of cap space so money really isn’t an issue. And I really don’t think the deal they gave him is really that much anyways. There line was a joke last year and if Davis can get in shape their line looks a lot better next year.


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