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Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has a saying: “If you want to win, bring Ronnie in.”
That’s Saleh’s homage to Ronald Blair III, one of his favorite players. Blair managed to fly under the radar for much of his career, but Saleh’s gushing over him heightened the awareness of his impressive on-field play.
“If you like winning, you like Ronnie. If you don’t, you don’t,” Saleh said on September 19. “He’s just a model of consistency, man. I love Ronnie. I’ve gushed about him up here and I can do it for another 15 minutes if you all like. You guys know how I feel about him. He looked fantastic and he’s looked like that, to me, his entire career, it just goes unnoticed when he’s not the big name, he’s not the big draft pick. But, he’s your lunch pail, gets things done, makes things work, get people lined up. He does it all. I’m happy we have him… he’s a playmaker. People have never noticed it.”
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 49ers have brought Blair back on a one-year deal.
The #49ers are bringing back defensive end Ronald Blair on a 1-year deal, source said. He had three sacks last year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020