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Golden Nuggets: 49ers Award Ex-Patriot Contract Extension

A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Thursday, February 8th, 2018 edition.

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Happy Thursday, folks. Before the aimless rambling begins, I’d like to beg your collective pardon for the awful clickbait title. As Head Ball Coach Fucillo recently remarked:

I was tempted to go with a front-page headline of “49ers extend ex-Patriots player,” but one troll headline for the day is enough.

Well, he has scruples.

With that being said, the big news of the day out of Santa Clara was a two-year extension for Cassius Marsh, a former Seahawk and Patriot. A former fourth round pick, Marsh appeared in six games for the 49ers, where he quickly found a role as a special teamer and rotational edge player. In his rather limited playing time, he found ways to make an impact, scoring a pair of sacks and forced fumbles.

As of now, the terms of the deal haven’t been reported. The signing likely portends little in the way of future roster-building, as it remains unlikely that he would be utilized as a primary pass rusher. As widely noted, Marsh effectively replaced Aaron Lynch, as well as added a special teams presence that Lynch lacked. There has been some speculation that he could find himself battling Eli Harold as the SAM Backer, which currently holds little weight, other than the observation that Marsh played on both sides of the formation - although primarily as a DE. I would not expect this signing to affect the 49ers’ draft strategy, as this seems to be little more than a value signing for a respectable role player.

Of note, this signing seems to support DL Coach Jeff Zgonina’s vision for his defensive line. In June of 2017, he was quoted as saying:

I’m a rotate guy. If I’m allowed to rotate the guys as much as I want, I will do that. I I told those guys, you give me 4-5 hard plays, full tilt, I’m going to rotate you because I believe in fresh bodies all the time. I don’t like to see a guy play over 1,000 snaps in a season like he did last year, especially as a rookie. That’s a lot of snaps. That’s a lotto snaps for anybody especially on defense. I would hope everybody balances out, first string, second string, that doesn’t really mean anything to me, everyone’s going to play. Whoever is dressing on Sunday is going to play.

By adding very solid depth along the defensive line, it seems that the FO is committed to keeping a fresh line through rotation, which is a strategy I fully endorse.

In other, loosely-related, news, nine athletes from Bay Area colleges were invited to the combine, with six of them representing Stanford. The real value of this is that the 49ers will have a fairly sizable pool of draftable players with which to extend Local Pro-Day invitations. The sensational story to be found here is that John Lynch was a Stanford man, and the 49ers have used first round selections in each of the past two drafts on Stanford players - which is little more than bar trivia at this point. Branch missed the mark on that article, but the factual information is certainly worthwhile.

On to the good stuff-

Nine Bay Area collegiate players invited to March’s Combine | Branch, SF Gate

Cassius Marsh earns two-year extension with 49ers | Branch, SF Gate | Inman, Mercury | NBC Sports Staff | Moore, KNBR | Barrows, Sac Bee | Wagoner, ESPN | Biderman, Ninerswire | Biderman (2), Ninerswire | 49ers.com Staff

49ers players use Twitter to help recruit embattled CB Malcolm Butler | Biderman, Ninerswire

Analysis of DraftWire’s 7-round 49ers mock | Lowder, Ninerswire