On Wednesday (2/7/2018), the San Francisco 49ers announced they had extended a former New England Patriot. Now, at the time we were all hoping it was quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, as his new contract had not been announced yet. However, it was pass-rusher Cassius Marsh instead. Lynch & Co. re-signed Marsh to a two-year deal. ESPN’s Field Yates reported the contract has a base value of $7.7 million with $3.1 million guaranteed. Yates also has the total value of his contract with incentives would come out to $12.7 million. Even if Marsh hits all the incentives possible in his contract, he’d still top out at $6.35 million a year, which I think is a fantastic signing for the 49ers.
DE Cassius Marsh's two-year deal with the 49ers has a base value of $7.7M with $3.1M guaranteed. The max value of the deal (with incentives/escalators) is $12.7M.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 9, 2018
Being picked up off waivers from New England late last season (November 22), Marsh quickly made himself at home with the 49ers. He played in each of the team’s remaining six games, registering 10 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He was most definitely a pleasant surprise for fans coming off the bench.
49ers General Manager John Lynch said of Marsh after the contract announcement:
““Since joining the team late last season, Cassius has impressed us with his unique skill set and the tremendous energy and passion he brings to all phases of the game. Cassius is a great example of our desire to reward our own players with contract extensions as we continue to build out our roster. We’re excited to have him as a 49er moving forward.”
Marsh was originally drafted with the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round back in 2014. Marsh played in a total of 37 games for Seattle (one start) and registered 40 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was traded to New England on September 2, 2017, where he played in 9 games (one start) and totaled 16 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal before being waived on November 21, 2017.