Despite Free Agency, 49ers Adamant They Want To Keep FB Kyle Juszczyk

Not many teams in the NFL use the fullback position like the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers did years ago.

If you have a good fullback though, it can be a huge weapon, and one fullback who is set to hit the free agent market next month and who could improve a lot of teams is Kyle Juszczyk of the San Francisco 49ers.

There is no doubt that the Niners love using Juszczyk in a variety of ways on offense, and when it comes down to it, he’s still a great blocker who can open up holes for the team’s offense.

San Francisco has been aggressive about Juszczyk in the past and kept him happy, inking him to a four-year deal in 2017 for a reported $21 million.

Now again they have to decide what his value is and whether it is something that they can afford.

San Francisco has a whopping 37 either restricted or unrestricted free agents on its roster and just $9.54 million in salary cap space.

Getting a deal done that makes Juszczyk happy won’t be easy, but it might be the most important signing for the team this offseason. They are not shy about what they want to do either: they want to keep him.

“He’s a unique person and a unique football player because he does so many things for you,” GM John Lynch said in January.

“He’s important to us, and we’re going to make every effort to try to keep him here. I’m sure there’ll be competition and we understand that, but Kyle’s a real important player to this football team and we’ll do everything we can to keep him here.”

Expect the Niners to do whatever they can to ink Juszczyk and prevent him from hitting the free agent market when the new NFL year begins March 17th.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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