The 49ers new regime appears to know a good thing when they see it. After being released by the New England Patriots last November, the team signed pass rusher, Cassius Marsh to a contract.
Marsh contributed as the LEO linebacker for the team as they were entering a stretch where they won five of their last seven games. He also played quite nicely on special teams as well. However, for a team that was desperately in need of more putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, Marsh’s 11.9% pressure stat on his pass rushes, he was a welcome addition.
After the deal was announced, GM John Lynch had this to say:
“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,” general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “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 a fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2014 and has posted six-career sacks. Two of those sacks came as a member of the 49ers in only six-games, which tied him for third overall on the team.
It seems apparent that the team wants to see what that number will equate to over a full 16-game season.