Kerry Hyder is returning to the Bay Area. The 49ers are signing the defensive end to a one-year, $1.5MM deal, according to ESPN’s Field Yates (Twitter link). He adds that half of the contract’s value is guaranteed, while the other half is available through sack incentives.
Hyder, who will be 31 by the start of the 2022 season, was released by the Seahawks last week along with fellow veteran Carlos Dunlap. His time in Seattle was underwhelming, considering the year he was coming off of previously. In 15 games (including seven starts), he totalled 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. He began his career with the Lions, and spent one year with the Cowboys in 2019.
By returning to San Francisco, though, Hyder will look to replicate his career-best campaign in 2020, which he spent with the 49ers. He started 14 of 16 games, registering 49 stops, 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss. With a 70% snap share, that season also marked his biggest workload. The Texas Tech alum will reunite with a familiar face on the coaching staff in Kris Kocurek, head of the team’s defensive line.
Hyder will join a San Francisco front already featuring the likes of Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford. Even if he is unable to duplicate his success from two years ago, he should still play a significant role in the team’s pass rush, which ranked fifth in the league in sacks last season.