The 49ers used their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on safety Jimmie Ward, and Thursday, the team signed the former Northern Illinois standout to a four-year deal.
And like rookie teammate Kenneth Acker, Ward inked his contract using a quill pen.
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No word on whether $8 khakis were included in the "Welcome to the 49ers!" gift basket.
“Jimmie Ward was definitely one of the players that if he was available for us at 30, that's a big if, and he was there, so we were excited,” Harbaugh said moments after the pick was made on May 8.
Forty-Niners general manager Trent Baalke's response: "We feel the value was there."
Ward started 39 games in college and finished his career with 320 tackles, 26 passes defensed, 11 interceptions, four forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and four blocked kicks.