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49ers re-sign Jimmie Ward to one-year deal [report]



© Kirby Lee | 2018 Sep 30

The 49ers are reportedly giving Jimmie Ward one more chance to show what he can do. The team is re-signing the former first-round pick to a one-year, $5 million deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Ward, 27, was selected by the 49ers with the 30th overall pick in 2014, but has only appeared in more than 10 games in two of his five seasons as a pro. Ward has broken his left forearm in consecutive seasons, relegating him to just 16 total games during that time. Ward has sustained season-ending injuries four times throughout his career.

Though his production has been limited, Ward has been a favorite of multiple 49ers’ coaching staffs, largely because of his ability to play both safety and slot corner.

“I love Jimmie Ward,” Shanahan at the NFL Combine via Matt Maiocco. “I really hope to have him back. We all know he’s struggled a little bit to stay healthy. But he’s a guy, as a person, I’ll go to war with every day. I really trust and believe in, and I love him as a player, too.”