The 49ers were winners on Tuesday, reportedly agreeing to terms with free-agent-to-be defensive end Ronald Blair.
Blair is coming back to the 49ers on a one-year contract, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The #49ers are bringing back defensive end Ronald Blair on a 1-year deal, source said. He had three sacks last year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
Blair sustained a torn ACL in his right knee in a November loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Blair comes back to the 49ers on a one-year deal with a chance to set himself up for a bigger payday a year from now.
Blair is an important piece to the 49ers’ puzzle on the defensive line. He can play base downs and is a solid rotational player on nickel situations as an edge rusher. His injury last season might have made it a lot easier for the 49ers to bring back Blair on a one-year deal.
Blair posted this video of him working out to his Instagram account on March 13.
With the NFL restricting travel for free agents, any team that wished to sign Blair would have been unable to bring him in for a thorough medical evaluation until the league loosened their restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has always made it known how much he likes Blair, a four-year veteran.
“If you like winning, you like Ronnie,” Saleh said in late-September. “If you don’t, you don’t. He’s just a model of consistency, man. I love Ronnie.”
Blair, 27, registered 5.5 sacks for the 49ers in 2018. He had three sacks in nine games last year before sustaining his season-ending injury.