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Pass rusher Leonard Floyd agrees to sign with 49ers

Pass rusher Leonard Floyd agrees to sign with 49ers

Free agent pass rusher Leonard Floyd has agreed to a contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

“San Fran!!!!! I'm giving you my best yet,” he said Published on X.

NFL Network reported that Floyd will sign a two-year contract worth $20 million.

While the Buffalo Bills lost Floyd, they have agreed to a two-year contract to re-sign defensive end AJ Epenesa, according to multiple reports.

Floyd signed with the Buffalo Bills on a one-year deal last June. It ended up being one of the best moves general manager Brandon Beane made for Buffalo in 2023 as the pass rusher found great success, including starting 16 games for Buffalo in the regular season as one of the leaders of the defensive line rotation.

He finished the 2023 season with a career-high 10.5 sacks, the most by a Bills player in a season since Lorenzo Alexander had 12.5 sacks in 2016.

“For me, I always go where the money goes,” Floyd said of his future while cleaning out the locker room. “Playing for another team but I'd rather be here you know, but that's what it is. It's a business. I'll go wherever my agent feels we're getting the most money from.”

Floyd, 31, was drafted ninth overall by the Chicago Bears in 2016 but was released before the 2020 season, although the team exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He spent the next three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, including winning Super Bowl LVI.

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In eight seasons, he had 58 sacks, 122 quarterback hits, and 370 tackles.

Epenesa is coming off his best season, with consistency playing a role as he was on the field for a career-high 41% of the Bills' snaps as part of the team's rotation along the defensive line.

He got his hands on the ball, making a variety of big plays while finishing with 6.5 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He also had an interception return 32 yards for a touchdown against the Washington Chiefs in Week 3.

Epenesa continued to improve despite dealing with fluctuations in weight. He was selected in the second round of the 2020 draft as the Bills built the defensive line, investing in Day 1 and Day 2 picks at defensive end in back-to-back years — with Greg Russo and Boogie Basham in return rounds in 2021.

In his four seasons, Epenesa, who turns 26 on Sept. 15, has 64 tackles in 58 games, with 15.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions and 15 passes defended.

ESPN's Alaina Getzenberg contributed to this report.