Sources have told Adam Schefter of ESPN that the San Francisco 49ers and Fred Warner agreed to a five-year, $95 million extension deal on Wednesday, making him the highest-paid off-ball linebacker in NFL history.
The deal includes $40.5 million guaranteed. Warner’s $19 million average annual value is higher than the previous record held by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner at $18 million per year.
Warner holds the second-highest guaranteed total for an off-ball linebacker. The current highest is held by New York Jets’ C.J. Mosley at $51 million.
Previously, the 24-year-old insisted he would play for San Francisco until his retirement, saying that he wanted “to be a Niner for life.”
The 49ers are six days away from their training camp and 10 days away from their first practice session on July 31. The first practice is traditionally seen as an unofficial deadline to complete a deal.
Warner currently ranks seventh in the NFL in tackles with 366. He finished last season with 125 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions.