The San Francisco 49ers are likely in a position where they have to overpay players, and oh boy might that be the case with one of their signings. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport is reporting the team is set to sign Kyle Juszczyk to a four-year deal worth up to $21 million.
The highest paid fullback entering the new league year was Anthony Sherman of the Kansas City Chiefs. His contract pays him an average of $2.1 million per year. Juszczyk’s deal will be 2.5 times that amount at $5.25 million per year. Of course, as with any NFL contract the devil is in the details, and we’ll have to wait and see what the guarantees and incentives are like on this one.
However, this also could suggest a broader role for Juszczyk. Pro Football Talk reported earlier this afternoon that the fullback was looking for a broader “Swiss Army Knife” type of role wherever he went. Kyle Shanahan makes use of the fullback, with Patrick DiMarco playing in 31 percent of offensive snaps last year in Atlanta. It’s safe to say Juszczyk will get plenty of snaps, and very well could evolve into more of an h-back role. We could see him in the backfield, in a tight end role, split out on occasion. The goal would be to create mismatches in a variety of ways.
Whatever the case, it’s safe to say they would not give him $5.25 million per year just to line up and block.