NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the San Francisco 49ers had signed first-round pick Javon Kinlaw to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option. The Niners selected Kinlaw 13th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Kinlaw’s total value of his contract will be $15.4 million with a signing bonus of $8.8 million. His cap hit in 2020 will be $2.8 million. With Kinlaw signing, 29 of the 32 first-round picks from this past draft remain unsigned.
Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh offered his scouting report for Kinlaw at the team’s state of the franchise:
“He’s a very large human being. Very explosive, very powerful, plays with the mindset that we like, a very angry football player. So he possesses the skill set that we look for, especially at the defensive line spot. There is going to be a little adjustment period, but hopefully, he catches on quick and gets rolling”
That adjustment period may be greater than normal as Kinlaw hasn’t had an opportunity to work with his teammates during OTAs or minicamp as they were canceled due to COVID-19. More from Saleh on the topic:
“It’s always going to hurt, from a coach’s standpoint, anyway. Veterans will argue otherwise that not having OTAs and not being able to go through those adjustments, the feel, the first time in the locker room, being able to get all that out of the way so that when he does hit training camp, it’s not new to him.”
Welcome aboard, Javon.