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49ers announce several moves to keep players; officially decline Pierre Garçon’s option

Mar 7, 2019 at 2:02 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers announced that the team has tendered one-year contracts to restricted free agent running back Raheem Mostert and exclusive rights free agents linebacker Elijah Lee and defensive back Greg Mabin.

Additionally, the team exercised the 2019 contract options for fullback Kyle Juszczyk, defensive end Cassius Marsh, linebacker Dekoda Watson and cornerback K'Waun Williams.

The 49ers also officially announced that the team will decline the contract option for veteran wide receiver Pierre Garçon. News that the 49ers would not retain Garçon was first reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network on February 14. The move saves the team $4.48 million in salary cap space, per NBC Sports Bay Area.

Each of Garçon's two seasons with San Francisco was cut short as the receiver landed on injured reserve.

Below is a rundown of each player mentioned above, as provided by the 49ers Communications staff.



Mostert (5-10, 197) appeared in each of the team's first nine games of the 2018 season and registered 34 carries for 261 yards and one touchdown while adding six receptions for 25 yards. Mostert also tied for the team lead with seven tackles on special teams. He was placed on the Injured Reserve List on November 2, 2018. Lee (6-2, 229) appeared in all 16 games (five starts) and recorded 62 tackles, two passes defensed, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble. Mabin (6-2, 200) appeared in 13 games (one start) last season and finished with 11 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2018, Juszczyk (6-1, 240) appeared in all 16 games (14 starts) and finished with 30 receptions for 324 yards and one touchdown along with eight rushes for 30 yards on the ground to earn his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. Marsh (6-4, 245) appeared in all 16 games (three starts) and registered 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery. Watson (6-2, 245) appeared in four games and registered six tackles, 2.0 sacks, and one forced fumble. Williams (5-9, 185) appeared in 14 games (11 starts) and finished with 45 tackles and two passes defensed.

Garçon (6-0, 211) originally signed with San Francisco as a free agent on March 10, 2017. He started in each of his 16 games played over the past two seasons and registered 64 receptions for 786 yards (12.3 average) and one touchdown.

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