The 49ers went off the radar with their first signing outside of the building as the team reached an agreement with OLB Samson Ebukam. The deal is worth $12 million, which could go up to $13.5 million with incentives.
Ebukam brings two traits the 49ers desperately needed on defense: Consistency and athleticism. Ebukam hasn’t missed a game since he was a fourth-round pick back in 2017 by the Rams. Ebukam is also a top-notch athlete:
Wade Phillips gets this to rush the passer with Donald, Suh, & Brockers. pic.twitter.com/K9YfJI4dzX— KP (@KP_Show) September 21, 2018
As far as production goes, Ebukam sacked the QB 2.9%, knocked him down 1.9% of the time, and pressured him 14.7% of the time. Compare those same numbers to Kerry Hyder, who the team presumably will let talk: 2.9% sack rate, 2.3% QB knockdown, 12.6% pressure rate.
San Francisco has to hope that coaching from Kris Kocurek continues to develop Ebukam’s game and playing on the opposite side of Nick Bosa as a sub-package rusher. Ebukam played 366 of his 381 snaps along the defensive line last season. He’s an edge rusher. Based on the money the Niners gave him, the expectation is that Ebukam could serve as the speed rusher the team hoped they were getting when they signed Dee Ford.