New Stadium to Host Top NFL Free Agents Next Season
The 49ers already knew which teams they’d be hosting in 2014.
Now they know more about each opponent.
Some of the NFL’s most significant free agents have landed with squads slated to visit Levi’s® Stadium; the NFL will finalize the schedule in April.
The 49ers host…
DE Lamarr Houston and the Chicago Bears
Not exactly a replacement for Melton, Houston will fortify the edge of Chicago’s defensive line. He hauled in $35 million over five years, according to reports, after his six-sack 2013. CB Charles Tillman is also returning to the Bears DE Willing Young is coming over from the Detroit Lions.
OT Jared Veldheer and the Arizona Cardinals
While 49ers fans will have stronger feelings about new Cards weapon Ted Ginn Jr., Veldheer gives the third-place team its left tackle to protect Carson Palmer. He’ll also average $7 million per campaign. CB Antonio Cromartie also got a one-year deal to go to Glendale.
DT Jason Hatcher and Washington
The Redskins also stole ex-Cardinals wideout Andre Roberts, but Hatcher will have a greater effect in the nation’s capital. He’ll get a reported $27.5 million over four years. LBs Brian Orakpo (franchise tag) and Perry Riley will also be back.
RB Donald Brown and the San Diego Chargers
The Colts-turned-Chargers ball carrier got a $10-million deal to share backfield responsibilities in another city.
S Malcolm Jenkins and the Philadelphia Eagles
Leaving New Orleans for Philadelphia, Jenkins reportedly received more than $17 million to help fix the league’s worst pass defense last year.