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49ers sign rookie Fred Warner to 4-year deal

He will compete to be the first linebacker off the bench his first year.

The San Francisco 49ers signed another member of their rookie class to his four-year contract. Linebacker Fred Warner is now signed through the 2021 season, and according to Over The Cap, will receive a signing bonus somewhere near $1,010,188.

As a third round pick, Warner will be eligible for the proven performance escalator. The PPE was added to the 2011 collective bargaining agreement as a way for draft picks in rounds three through seven to earn some extra money. It is based on snap count, and if a certain threshold is met in the first three years of a rookie contract, a player automatically gets a pay raise in year four. First and second round picks are not eligible for the PPE.

The 49ers are currently starting Malcolm Smith and Eli Harold at the two outside linebacker roles, and Reuben Foster at inside linebacker. Smith and Foster have both been missed some practice time at different periods, and that has resulted in Warner getting some practice time with the 1s. However, come training camp, he will be competing to be the first linebacker off the bench when the 49ers go into their sub packages.

The 49ers have two draft picks left to sign: first round pick Mike McGlinchey and second round pick Dante Pettis.