49ers Sign Dekoda Watson

The 49ers have signed free agent linebacker Dekoda Watson, his agent, Peter Schaffer, announced on Instagram. It’s a three-year, $6MM deal, tweets Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.


San Francisco is the sixth NFL team for the 29-year-old Watson, who originally went to the Buccaneers in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. Since then, Watson has appeared in 89 games, made seven starts and picked up four sacks. As a member of the Broncos in 2016, he played a 16-game slate for the second time in his career and worked almost exclusively as a special teamer. While Watson only played 3.8 percent of the Broncos’ defensive snaps, he saw action in 84 percent of their special teams plays.

Denver had hoped to retain Watson, who instead joins newly signed Rams cornerback Kayvon Webster as the second key special teamer to leave the Mile High City this week. Watson also drew interest from one of the 49ers’ NFC West rivals, the Seahawks, and visited the Raiders while in the Bay Area on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan (Twitter link).

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  1. Thronson5

    Nice pick up for special team with and can get in a few plays here and there in defense. I’ve really like the moves we are making this offseason. Wonder if we will sign Hightower or another back up RB.

  2. Charles Hann

    I believe Hightower signed back with New England. A high profile nickle back would be nice to see though. And I think Jamal Charles or Blunt would give us an awesome backfield. Also does anyone know whats going in w Cousins? I heard the Browns are trying to get him. I think we should offer our first rounder for him. Or one up anything the Browns try.

    • LAAJR

      Bleacher report via niners.sporto said on Thursday it’s possible the Cousins-49ers trade might take place before the draft.

  3. Charles Hann

    Yeah saw that but there wasn’t much info behind it. I know Cousins wants to be a 9er. We want him and it makes all the sense in the world for the Skins to trade him while they can. I think it’s just there owner. He seems like a spiteful old man that would let his team and fans suffer for his own grudge. The way he went about firing there GM was a horrible.

    • LAAJR

      This is what I think it’s happening:
      1. The 49ers have the leverage by keeping a low silent profile therefore not tipping their hand.
      2. WAS sooner rather than later will realize it’s better to trade Cousins rather than risking not getting anything while Cousins walks away in 2018.

  4. good player for special teams. I don’t think we mortgage the bank by getting in a bidding war with Cleveland. They have far to many draft picks this year and the next. We need the draft to rebuild

    • LAAJR

      Cleveland has less cap money than the 49ers while having more draft picks. The understanding is that Cleveland HC Hue Jackson favors Patriots QB Jimmy Garopolo.

  5. Charles Hann

    Good thing I think is he wants to play for Shanahan. Issue will be convincing Washington to trade with us and not Cleveland. Clevland also already has a high dollar qb on there roster so I see the edge going to us. Would be beneficial for 9ers and Skins to make a trade this year. Fingers crossed #49ersfaithful

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