3 former 49ers who won't live up to their new contracts

At least the Niners didn't overpay these guys to keep them on the roster in 2024.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Chase Young (92)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Chase Young (92) / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3: Defensive tackle Arik Armstead (Jaguars)

Contract: Three years, $43.5 million ($28 million fully guaranteed)

It's hard to say this, because he was such an integral part of San Francisco's defense dating back to his rookie 2015 season. But the Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a huge risk on veteran defensive tackle Arik Armstead.

The 49ers released Armstead in a cap-savings move with a post-June 1 designation, which led to the Jags inking him to a three-year, $43.5 million contract with $28 million fully guaranteed.

As far as getting an impact player, Jacksonville did right. Armstead is a difference-maker and a force when he's on the field.

The problem, though, is chronic foot injuries have seriously hampered Armstead's presence over the last two seasons, limiting him to just nine regular-season games in 2022 and only 12 such bouts last season. Now, on the wrong side of 30 years old, one can fairly question whether or not those injuries will be a key factor over the duration of his new contract with the Jaguars.

If he's healthy, Armstead should help transform the Jags defense in a positive manner.

But he unfortunately hasn't been healthy as of late, and Jacksonville could ultimately be burned by spending a lot of cash on a player who hasn't been anywhere near as healthy as he'd otherwise like.

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