placeholder image

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

PFF examines pros and cons of 49ers’ free-agency moves

Mar 22, 2024 at 4:13 PM

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
The San Francisco 49ers have primarily focused on bolstering their defense in free agency. This has included a significant overhaul of the team's defensive front, with notable departures such as Arik Armstead, Chase Young, and Clelin Ferrell.

However, the 49ers managed to reinforce their defensive line with key signings, including Leonard Floyd, Yetur Gross-Matos, and Jordan Elliott. Additionally, they traded for Maliek Collins to help along the interior.

Pro Football Focus recently analyzed the pros and cons of each team's free-agent acquisitions, indicating that San Francisco isn't expected to take a step back when it comes to rushing the passer.

"Despite losing Arik Armstead and Chase Young, the 49ers have an excellent pass-rush foundation with Nick Bosa and Javon Hargrave," Dalton Wasserman wrote. "They've managed to navigate those losses by adding some solid players during the free agency period."

Wasserman likes the Floyd and Collins additions, stating, "Floyd, a free agent who played in Buffalo last year, has racked up at least nine sacks in four straight seasons and still has a nice burst off the edge heading into his age-32 season."

He adds, "Collins was acquired from Houston for minimal draft compensation. He tied his career high with 48 pressures last season, earning a solid 68.4 pass-rush grade along the way."

However, not every move garnered praise from the analytics site. Brad Spielberger criticized the signing of Gross-Matos to a two-year, $18 million deal, deeming it poor value.

"Gross-Matos wasn't a great fit in Ejiro Evero's base 3-4 defense as a big defensive end (6-foot-5 and 265 pounds), and he was never all that productive in Carolina throughout his contract," Spielberger wrote. "San Francisco must have really liked him as a prospect when he was the No. 38 overall pick in 2020, because this move is a bit of a head-scratcher."

While the 49ers recorded more sacks in 2023 (48) compared to 2022 (44), their pass rush displayed inconsistency throughout the season. The team hopes that defensive line coach Kris Kocurek can maximize the potential of the new infusion of talent to improve production.
Enjoy this article? Follow us to never miss more!

Powered by


More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

Does PFF's ranking of 49ers QB Brock Purdy surprise you?

By David Bonilla
May 21

Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus recently ranked all 32 starting NFL quarterbacks based on the analytics site's data and his own opinions. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes stands alone in Tier 1, aptly named "Mahomes," taking the top spot in Sikkema's ranking. Tier 2 features three "do-it-all" quarterbacks: Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills. These players are considered the "elite" quarterbacks of the league. Then you have Tier 3, labeled "postseason-caliber" quarterbacks, which includes the next six quarterbacks in the ranking. However, you won't find San

placeholder image

Two 49ers land in top 10 of PFF's wide receiver ranking

By David Bonilla
May 24

The San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver situation remains unresolved as Brandon Aiyuk, the team's leading receiver last season, did not join organized team activities (OTAs) this week as he seeks a contract extension. This was expected, given the voluntary nature of the current phase of the offseason. Despite contract uncertainty, the top of the 49ers' wide receiver depth chart is not expected to change for the upcoming season. The starters will be Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, with a healthy dose of Jauan Jennings and rookie Ricky Pearsall sprinkled in. This group is expected to pose a formidable challenge for opposing defenses, with Aiyuk and Samuel considered one of the top duos in the NFL. Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus recently

placeholder image

49ers' Christian McCaffrey tops PFF's running back ranking

By David Bonilla
May 27

Reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year Christian McCaffrey is widely regarded as the best running back in the NFL, largely due to his versatility. McCaffrey amassed an impressive NFL-leading 2,023 all-purpose yards and 21 total touchdowns this past season, including 564 receiving yards. The San Francisco 49ers traded for McCaffrey during the 2022 season. The running back has led the team in rushing yards in each of his two seasons with the team, including his abbreviated time in the Bay Area in 2022. McCaffrey leads the pack as a pure running back, so much so that Pro Football Focus (PFF) ranked him as the best among the NFL's top 32 running backs heading into

placeholder image

49ers and WR Brandon Aiyuk reportedly not close on a new contract

By Marc Adams
May 19

The San Francisco 49ers need wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. And Aiyuk needs the 49ers. But the two sides are reportedly not close on a new deal that would keep the star receiver in San Francisco for years to come. Sunday morning, on SportsCenter, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that the 49ers and Aiyuk are not close in contract negotiations, leading many to wonder if Aiyuk will hold out (not show up) or hold in (show up but not participate) for the remainder of the offseason and even training camp. "This one's tricky because he was implicated in some trade talks around the draft," Fowler said. "He wants a new contract; has one year left. I'm told the 49ers certainly are open to doing a deal, but talks have not progressed enough where things are close. And


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone