Jimmie Ward is one of the anchors of a 49er defense that did a large portion of the heavy-lifting in San Francisco’s Super Bowl appearance.
Anyways, Jimmie Ward received a three-year deal worth $28.5 million to stay in San Francisco. The 49ers’ identity was running the football and playing defense last season.
Ward is 28 years old and he was a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University Northern Illinois.
Jimmie Ward only played in 13 games last season. Ward has had a history of injuries throughout his NFL career none the less. We will see if this move paid off for them or not in the long run.
Jimmie Ward had eight pass deflections and one sack last season. He did not pick off any passes last season as well. Ward also had 65 total tackles and two of them were for a loss.
In his career so far, he has appeared in 64 games and he has started in 44 of them. Ward has two interceptions, one touchdown, two fumble recoveries, three sacks, 251 total tackles, and nine of those tackles were for a loss.
This defense all around led by Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh is not going anywhere anytime soon. It will be interesting to see how well it will do next season and in future seasons.
This defense was also one of the best in football this past season and Ward is one of the best players in that unit along with Arik Armstead, Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, and Nick Bosa. San Francisco decided to trade DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday for a first-round pick which happens to be 13th overall.
Ward still has a bright future ahead of him on this football team. He just needs to stay healthy because if he doesn’t, his career might end sooner rather than later and let’s hope that doesn’t happen moving forward.
Jimmie Ward has also played some cornerback as well during his tenure in San Francisco.
Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon are also some key components in this secondary for the San Francisco 49ers.
General Manager John Lynch deserves a ton of credit for building this football team from the ground up. Will see what other moves San Francisco makes this offseason.