Fred Warner has parlay his quick start to a massive payday. Third-round picks in 2018 have agreed a five-year extension of $ 95 million with 49ers, which includes guaranteed $ 40.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal makes Warner the league’s highest paid linebacker.
A starter since his rookie season, and the former BYU standout received 124 tackles during his first season in San Francisco. In 2019, Warner collected 118 tackles along with three forced fumbles and his first career move. Warner’s play that season helped drive the 49ers to an NFC title and pearance in Super Bowl LIFE. Last season, despite injuries to a number of his teammates, Warner continued to produce at a high level. He earned his first All-Pro pick after counting 125 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Warner’s play last season made him 31st on CBS Sports’ senior writer Pete Prisco’s annual list of the league’s top 100 players.
“He’s one of the best off-line linebackers in the game,” Prisco said of the 24-year-old Warner. “He’s smart, can run and knows how to get to football. He’s finally starting to get his guilt.”
Warner is one of the best players on a 49ers defense that also includes fellow linebacker Dre Greenlaw, defensive ends Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford, cornerback Jason Verrett and other defensive backs Jaquiski Tartt, Jimmie Ward and K’Waun Williams .
After an injured 2020 season, coach Kyle Shanahan hopes to have the 49ers back among the NFL elite by 2021. The 49ers currently have the second-best odds of winning their second NFC East title in three years, according to the William Hill Sportsbook. The Los Angeles Rams are preferred to win the division following the offseason acquisition of quarterback Matt Stafford.