The 49ers and Juszczyk officially agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday. San Francisco is completely revamping the offense under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, adding Juszczyk to a haul that includes quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin in the initial hours of free agency. Juszczyk himself boasts a varied skill set, earning 55.4 percent of his offensive snaps running pass routes, 22.6 percent as a run blocker, and 20.9 percent in pass protection with the Ravens last season, per Louie Benjamin of Pro Football Focus. Notably, Juszczyk tallied 41 and 37 catches the last two seasons, so he could again establish some PPR relevance with his new squad.
Juszczyk plans to sign with the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. As expected, Juszczyk and the 49ers are closing in on a deal that likely will place him among the NFL's highest-paid fullbacks, if not at the very top. He had 41 and 37 receptions the past two seasons, serving as Baltimore's primary lead blocker while also getting some work as a passing-down back. Given their aggressive pursuit, it would appear the 49ers have an even larger role in mind for Juszczyk under new head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Juszczyk is one of the 49ers' top priorities heading into the free agent period, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. The 49ers have plenty of cap room and Juszczyk is one of the NFL's top fullbacks, offering an impressive combination of blocking and receiving skills. The 2013 fourth-round draft pick caught 41 and 37 passes the past two seasons, getting some snaps as a passing-down back while also serving as the Ravens' primary lead blocker. It appears the cap-strapped Ravens will lose at least a few key contributors in the opening days of free agency.
Juszczyk caught 37 of 49 targets for 266 yards and added five carries for 22 yards and a touchdown in 2016. Juszczyk's strong showing as a blocker and as a pass catcher earned him his first-career Pro Bowl nod in 2016. He was also named First Team All-Pro according to Pro Football Focus, grading out as the league's top fullback. Juszczyk was a fixture in the Ravens offense as his 463 snaps were more than either Terrance West or Kenneth Dixon. It is worth noting, however, that Baltimore uses sets with fullbacks more than most NFL teams, which will certainly shape his market value this spring when he officially becomes a free agent. If Juszczyk does re-sign with the Ravens, he'll likely have some upside in deep PPR formats, but his lack of carries puts a cap on his touchdown upside.
Juszczyk rushed two times for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. He added a pair of receptions for 10 yards as well. The Pro Bowl fullback had his best fantasy day of the season Sunday as he reached paydirt for the first time in 2016. That said, his fourth quarter rushing touchdown was just his fifth carry of the entire season, so it was a bit of an aberration to see him get the ball in the red zone. He has shown to be valuable as a pass catcher, however. In fact, Juszczyk is tied with Kamar Aiken for fifth on the team in targets with 47. He'll finish out his third NFL season Sunday against the Bengals on the road.
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