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Jets sign former 49ers edge rusher Ronald Blair

Blair reunites with Robert Saleh

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In early April, before the draft, edge rusher Ronald Blair visited the 49ers. On April 8, a report surfaced that Ronald Blair was expected to re-sign with San Francisco, pending a physical.

That physical must not have worked out as the Niners elected to sign Arden Key over Blair, who missed all of 2020 after suffering a setback during his ACL recovery and after missing the final half of the 2019 season.

Blair is back with a familiar face, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but it won’t be with the 49ers. Blair signed with the New York Jets, where former Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is now the head coach. Saleh used to gush about Blair.

“If you like winning, you like Ronnie Blair.”
“If you want to win, put Ronnie in,” was another.

The Jets could use all of the help on the edge. After Carl Lawson, it’s slim pickings for New York. Blair may not start, but he’ll get a lot more playing time with the Jets than he would have with the 49ers, especially coming off an injury.