According to , ‘nasty’ is described as highly unpleasant, especially to the senses; physically nauseating. This is exactly what newly signed center, Weston Richburg, has brought to opposing defensive lineman throughout his career. He ranked a 71.3 ranking last year from Pro Football Focus.  Richburg’s grade has been on a continuous trend upwards since the start of his career. The 6’4, 300 LBS center has highlight plays after highlight plays after highlight plays on display throughout his film — both in college and the NFL.This is very rare coming from the center position, as they are normally the silent guys in the middle.

All of these strengths makes it easy to see why General Manager John Lynch and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan were willing to make Weston the second-highest paid center in the NFL with $9.5M per year (now third-highest after Jensen). The veteran hopes to bring a fresh taste of athleticism and versatility to the 49ers offensive line.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the addition of Richburg is his smarts. The center position is one of the most important positions on the field — which many football fans fail to realize. The center needs to know every call — pass protection, recognize blitzes, etc. just as much as (or even more) than a quarterback. This is why Richburg will be vital for the boys in Red and Gold. Being that he is a seasoned offensive lineman, he will be able to recognize blitzes and make calls to take some tension off of the young gun-slinger in Jimmy Garoppolo. Not only is this a major upgrade from Daniel Kilgore, but it will go down as one of the best signings made by the 49ers this offseason. Many people are afraid of the money Lynch has invested into Richburg, but if you want to be the best, you have to pay the best. Keep your eyes out for an All-Pro caliber season from Richburg in 2018.

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