49ers re-sign DL Willis following Hyder deal with Seahawks

Jordan Willis tries to tackle Kyler Murray

The 49ers re-signed defensive lineman Jordan Willis to a one-year contract Wednesday. 

They announced the deal not long after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Kerry Hyder Jr. was signing a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

Hyder led San Francisco with 8.5 sacks last season.

San Francisco acquired Willis in trade with the New York Jets last October. He played 183 snaps in seven games, tallying 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He’s only 25 and it appears he will play more this upcoming season. 

Willis also gets to play under defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, who has been described as a football junkie because he’s constantly thinking about the sport -- even losing sleep because of how his mind always is racing. He brings the best out of D-linemen, and that’s exactly what Willis needs.

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A Kansas State University product, Willis was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. 

In his three seasons before landing with the 49ers, Willis accumulated 36 solo tackles with 16 assisted tackles across three seasons with the Bengals and the Jets.

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