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49ers shed a different defensive lineman as Jordan Willis joins Raiders


Mar 20, 2023

The 49ers on Monday lost a different contributor to the league’s best defense of final season.

Defensive finish Jordan Willis, whose most significant play in the course of his 32-game stint with the organization came on particular teams, signed a 1-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders, the club announced.

Willis becomes the fifth 49ers defensive lineman to sign a no cost-agent contract to alter teams in the initially week of no cost agency.

Due to the fact the opening of the no cost-agent signing period, Samson Ebukam (Indianapolis), Charles Omenihu (Kansas City), Hassan Ridgeway (Houston) and Maurice Hurst (Cleveland) also departed the 49ers. Hurst was plagued by injuries and appeared in just two games in two seasons.

On the flip side, the 49ers created a major splash at the opening of no cost agency with a 4-year, $84 million contract with ex-Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.

“It was seriously shocking to me that they named me and asked me to come more than right here,” Hargrave told the Bay Location media final week. “Because a group like that does not seriously spend somebody like me to come more than.”

The 49ers also signed defensive finish Clelin Ferrell, the No. four general choose of the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft, to a 1-year contract.

Ferrell has a opportunity to win the job as the beginning defensive finish in base scenarios. Ebukam began 32 games in his two seasons with the 49ers. Ferrell appeared in 58 games with 30 begins more than 4 years with the Raiders. He registered ten sacks in the course of that time.


The 49ers will continue to appear for defensive linemen to fill out their rotation for defensive line coach Kris Kocurek.

At the moment, the 49ers figure to have Hargrave, Ferrell, Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw, Drake Jackson, Kevin Givens, T.Y. McGill and Kalia Davis as element of their core linemen. The club expects to continue to appear to sign veteran defensive linemen, even though also investing in that position in subsequent month’s draft.

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Willis came to the 49ers in a 2020 midseason trade from the New York Jets. He had 7.five sacks. His most memorable play came in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the best-seeded Green Bay Packers on Jan. 22, 2022.

With the 49ers trailing ten-three with four:41 remaining in regulation, Willis blocked a punt deep in Packers territory. Talanoa Hufanga gathered up the loose ball and scored on a six-yard return to tie the game.

The 49ers won the game, 13-ten, on Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field target as time expired.

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