49ers To Re-Sign G Jon Feliciano

TODAY, 11:50am: After agreeing to a new contract with the 49ers, Feliciano hinted that the 2024 campaign could be his last. “Last ride,” he wrote on social media (via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle), “#Year 10.”

MARCH 15, 9:20am: The 49ers had expressed interest in keeping Jon Feliciano for a second season. Despite having Spencer Burford on a rookie contract for two more years, San Francisco will follow through with its plan of retaining the veteran.

Feliciano will indeed stay in the Bay Area, according to Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager, who indicates the veteran interior O-lineman agreed to a one-year deal Friday. This will be Feliciano’s second one-year 49ers agreement.

Burford remained the 49ers’ right guard starter coming into the season, with Feliciano in the Daniel Brunskill swing role during the campaign’s first half. But the 49ers benched the second-year blocker, turning to Feliciano, who started seven regular-season games and all three San Francisco playoff contests. The 49ers needing to turn back to Burford in Super Bowl LVIII (due to a Feliciano injury) produced a notable miscommunication, as a Chris Jones pressure led to an overtime field goal — which preceded a Chiefs touchdown and a Twitter-driven storyline.

Feliciano defended 49ers right tackle Colton McKivitz by suggesting Burford was at fault on the pivotal play. The veteran blocker later apologized and re-emerged on the 49ers’ radar. GM John Lynch also said he would speak with Laken Tomlinson about a potential reunion. After two Jets seasons, the longtime 49ers left guard remains a free agent. The 49ers extended McKivitz recently, and Feliciano’s return means the team’s five first-string O-linemen are under contract for 2024.

Among guard regulars, Pro Football Focus rated Burford as the second-worst pass blocker last season. Burford had split time with Brunskill as a rookie, but the fourth-rounder sat behind Feliciano during last season’s second half. Feliciano, 32, suffered a pectoral injury during Super Bowl LVIII. PFF rated the former Bills and Giants starter as one of the NFL’s top guards, slotting him fifth overall on the strength of a high-level run-blocking grade.

The Giants had used Feliciano as a one-year center stopgap, letting him walk before drafting John Michael Schmitz in last year’s second round. In a nine-year career that has included 61 starts, the former Raiders fourth-rounder made 31 starts as a Bills guard from 2019-21.

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