NFC Notes: Fred Warner, 49ers, Cardinals, Rams


Contract details are now available for the full five-year, $95.225 million extension 49ers LB Fred Warner signed to remain in San Francisco, via Pro Football Talk. The deal breaks out as follows: 

  • Signing bonus of $12.32 million, 2021 base salary of $920,000, guaranteed. 
  • 2022 includes a base salary of $2.564 million, $1.58 million of which is guaranteed at signing with the rest guaranteeing near the start of the 2022 league year. There’s also a $12.68 million option bonus guaranteed at signing, $100,000 workout bonus and $500,000 in per-game active roster bonuses. 
  • $12.925 million base salary in 2023, $12.016 million of which guarantees early in 2022, $100,000 workout bonus and $500,000 in per-game active roster bonuses. 
  • $15.3 million base salary in 2024, $100,000 workout bonus and $500,000 in per-game active roster bonuses — plus a $3.6 million buyback bonus that rescinds the void years of 2025 and 2026. 
  • $17.65 million base salary in both 2025 and 2026 if not voided, $100,000 workout bonus and $500,000 in per-game active roster bonuses each year. 

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport explains this is essentially two deals for Warner, with the first being effectively a three-year, $55 million deal. 


  • NFL Media’s Jim Trotter reports WR Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t decided on whether he will play in 2021.
  • However, Trotter adds the Cardinals still want Fitzgerald back if he wants to play, as they value his locker room presence and his ability to make catches in crucial situations even if they won’t lean on him like they have in the past. 


Rams’ Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson believes Los Angeles re-signing free-agent RB Todd Gurley is a “no-brainer” following RB Cam Akers‘ injury. 

“That’s a no-brainer,” Dickerson said, via TMZ. “I mean, he knows the offense, he knows this offense. He doesn’t have to come in and try and learn it. He knows McVay, he knows the guys on the team — that would be an easy fit.”

Dickerson, who is also the organization’s VP of business development, said adding Gurley would be smart even though the Rams cut him unceremoniously last year. 

“At the end of the day, football, this is business,” Dickerson said. “That’s what it comes down to. You got to make business decisions. You got to make decisions that are good for the football team, and the player has to make decisions that’s best for him.”

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