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Golden Nuggets: The hype train for Justin Fields is at an all-time high after his pro day

Your daily San Francisco 49ers links for Thursday, April 15, 2021

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The momentum for Justin Fields is picking up after he worked out at his pro day. The videos of Kyle Shanahan and Fields were great:

Here is a two-minute clip from Ohio State:

Available free agents who could help 49ers leading up to NFL draft

It’s a bit of a surprise Ingram is still available. He’s dealt with some injury problems that limited him to only 20 games the last two years, but he’s been incredibly productive when he does play. He has 49 career sacks in 113 games, and hadn’t had fewer than 7.0 since 2014. Ingram didn’t notch a sack in seven games in 2020. A rotational edge rush role in the vein of Dee Ford could suit Ingram though if he’s looking for one more big payday next offseason, and the 49ers could provide that opportunity.

Former 49ers defensive back Lynn Thomas dies at 61

Former 49ers defensive back Lynn Thomas has died, the team announced Wednesday. Thomas was 61.

The 49ers made Thomas a fifth-round choice in 1981 out of the University of Pittsburgh. He was the last of four defensive backs the 49ers drafted that year, joining Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright and Carlton Williamson.

Trey Lance, Mac Jones, Justin Fields? Experts debate best quarterback fit for 49ers - San Francisco 49ers Blog- ESPN

J.T. O’Sullivan, former NFL quarterback/creator of Youtube’s “QB School” channel:

1. Fields 2. Lance 3. Jones

“They would all be good fits,” O’Sullivan said. “I would guesstimate that it would be Fields. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Trey Lance. If it’s Mac Jones, they just have a different understanding of what that organization needs than I do as an outsider.”

Matt Bowen, ESPN NFL analyst/former NFL defensive back:

1. Fields, 2. Lance, 3. Jones

“If I’m drafting in the top five, I want a prospect with high-end traits and high-end physical tools,” Bowen said. “[Fields’] best fit is an intermediate based pass game that attacks the middle of the field and utilizes his movement ability off play action and quarterback designed runs with schemed vertical throws. Now, who does that sound like? He’d be a very good fit there.”

The Under-the-Radar “Winner” of this NFL Offseason

The deal itself was massive: a six-year contract worth a record-breaking total of $138 million, with $55.1 million guaranteed, and a $30.1 million signing bonus. With cap-guru Paraag Marathe, the 49ers Executive Vice President of Football Operations and mastermind behind the 49ers’ cap flexibility, manning the specifics of the deal, Williams’ 2021 cap hit came in at a measly $8.2 million, much lower than his average annual value of $23.1 million.

By converting part of the cap hit into a signing bonus, the 49ers were able to keep much of their needed cap space to allocate for other essential free agents, like center Alex Mack.

While the total value of the $138 million deal may seem like an exorbitant amount for a 33-year-old left tackle who has struggled with injuries, in reality the construction of the deal is team-friendly.

Jerry Rice seems to be pulling for Justin Fields as 49ers’ quarterback selection in NFL Draft

“Justin Fields, hey man, don’t worry about what they’re saying about you, brother,” Rice said. “We know that you’re a hard worker and you enjoy what you’re doing on the football field. You inspire your teammates to be better. Hey, they said the same thing about me. They said I couldn’t run a 40. Yeah, I might have ran a 4.5, 4.6. I’m not even sure. But for one thing, they didn’t clock me on my way to the end zone.”

“Just let that stuff blow over your head, man,” Rice said to Fields. “Congratulations, I’m sure you’re looking forward to the draft. And hopefully, you go high.”