The San Francisco 49ers signed potential starters in free agency, but they also added at least three potential core special teams players. The team signed linebackers Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson, and defensive back Don Jones. All three will likely get preseason snaps at their defensive positions, but for the time being, it would likely take injuries to get them into the regular season defensive rotation.
We have some updated information about Brock Coyle’s contract, courtesy of 49ers cap expert Jason Hurley. We knew he had a $1 million base salary, but now we have some of the extra details. According to Jason, Coyle received a signing bonus of $400,000 and a workout bonus of $40,000.
Coyle knows the Seattle Seahawks defense from his three seasons with the team. That will certainly help in getting newcomers to this playbook up to speed. He’s making a bit more than a lot of special teamers that don’t get significant snaps on offense or defense, but I still think we see him in more of that core special teams role.
A new coaching staff, particularly a new special teams coach, usually means we see some new core special teamers brought in. The 49ers will be turning over some significant special teams snaps this year. Among others, they have lost or will likely lose Michael Wilhoite (2nd in ST snaps), Shaun Draughn (4th), Nick Bellore (6th), and maybe Rod Streater (8th). There will be plenty of players to replace them, but it will be something to track early in the year as the special teams units work to get on the same page.