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  • Dazz Newsome WR | SF

    49ers' Dazz Newsome: Inks future deal

    The 49ers signed Newsome to a reserve/future deal Tuesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

    Newsome signed with the 49ers' practice squad in mid-November and spent the remainder of the campaign there. The North Carolina product was selected by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2021 Draft and made three appearances for Chicago during his rookie season. He spent time with Kansas City before latching on with San Francisco this year and will get to stick around the 49ers' organization during the offseason.

  • Tay Martin WR | SF

    49ers' Tay Martin: Sticks with San Francisco

    The 49ers signed Martin to a reserve/future deal Tuesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

    Martin signed with the 49ers' practice squad after failing to make the initial 53-man roster. He saw two elevations during the regular season, but he played nearly exclusively on special teams. With his new contract, he'll be able to stick around the organization and compete for a larger role during the offseason.

  • Patriots' Devin McCourty: Rehabbing from shoulder surgery

    McCourty recently underwent shoulder surgery and is currently in the rehab process, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

    McCourty appeared in all 17 regular-season games for New England and played every single defensive snap in all but four of those contests. The veteran safety is believed to have suffered the shoulder injury that required surgery in Week 14 against the Cardinals, but he didn't miss a snap from Weeks 15-18. Per Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site, the 35-year-old hasn't made a decision on if he'll play next season.

  • DaRon Bland CB | DAL

    Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Emerges as ballhawk

    Bland recorded 54 tackles (38 solo) with five interceptions on seven passes defended across 17 regular-season games in 2022.

    An unheralded fifth-round pick out of Fresno State in the 2022 NFL Draft, Bland played exclusively on special teams for the first three games of the season until injuries began to open up snaps for him on defense. The 23-year-old cornerback seized his first opportunity by intercepting Carson Wentz in Week 4, and by the second half of the year he was a fixture in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's secondary, grabbing four picks in a four-game stretch between Weeks 13 and 16. Bland also made an impact in the playoffs with 18 tackles in the Cowboys' two postseason contests. Trevon Diggs is locked into one starting spot on the outside for Dallas, but Bland figures to head into 2023 either lined up opposite Diggs in place of free agent Anthony Brown (Achilles), or replacing Jourdan Lewis (foot) in the slot.

  • Trevon Diggs CB | DAL

    Cowboys' Trevon Diggs: Only three picks in 2022

    Diggs recorded 59 tackles (50 solo) and three interceptions on 14 passes defended, plus a forced fumble, over 17 regular-season games in 2022.

    The third-year cornerback wasn't able to repeat his turnover magic from the year before, when he turned 21 passes defended into an incredible 11 INTs, but Diggs also allowed 349 fewer passing yards and 2.6 fewer yards per attempt in coverage. With one more year remaining on his rookie contract, the Cowboys may look to lock up their No. 1 corner with an extension this offseason, but if not he'll be playing in 2023 for a free-agent payday the following spring.

  • Jayron Kearse SS | DAL

    Cowboys' Jayron Kearse: Takes step back in 2022

    Kearse recorded 77 tackles (55 solo), including two sacks, while adding five passes defended with an interception, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble across 14 regular-season games in 2022.

    The veteran safety posted strong numbers, but they paled in comparison to his 101-tackle campaign from the year before. Instead it was Donovan Wilson who took a lead role in Dan Quinn's scheme among the Cowboys' safeties, with Kearse and Malik Hooker delivering more modest IDP production. Wilson's a free agent this offseason however, and if he heads elsewhere, Kearse could be in position to take a run at triple-digit tackles again in 2023.

  • Malik Hooker SS | DAL

    Cowboys' Malik Hooker: Puts together solid season

    Hooker recorded 62 tackles (44 solo) with three interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown over 16 regular-season games in 2022.

    The 26-year-old safety stayed mostly healthy, missing only a Week 8 contest against the Bears due to a hamstring strain, and as a result Hooker put together the most productive season of his career. The Cowboys' trio of safeties (Hooker, Donovan Wilson and Jayron Kearse) all posted strong numbers in Dan Quinn's defense, but with Wilson a free agent and potentially headed elsewhere, Hooker could see an increased workload in 2023.

  • Donovan Wilson FS | DAL

    Cowboys' Donovan Wilson: Career-best campaign

    Wilson recorded 101 tackles (77 solo), including five sacks, across 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added two passes defended with one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

    The fourth-year safety had trouble staying healthy in 2021, but he avoided injuries the following year and emerged as a true IDP star in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's aggressive scheme. It was good time for Wilson to post career highs in tackles and sacks too, as he's an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Cowboys have some depth at safety with both Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker under contract through 2023, but the team may make re-signing Wilson a priority given how good a fit he is for Quinn's defense.

  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Puts together strong campaign

    Vander Esch recorded 90 tackles (54 solo) including one sack, with one pass defended and one forced fumble, over 14 regular-season games in 2022.

    The 26-year-old linebacker once again dealt with some neck issues, missing the final three games of the regular season due to a pinched nerve, but he returned for the playoffs and racked up 20 tackles across the Cowboys' two postseason contests. The late absences cost Vander Esch a chance to hit triple-digit tackles for the second time in his career, but it was still a good season overall. After playing 2022 under a one-year, $2 million prove-it deal, Vander Esch may have done enough to earn a bigger payday this offseason, whether from Dallas or another team.

  • Trey Lance QB | SF

    49ers' Trey Lance: Will be 100 percent for OTAs

    Lance (ankle) said Tuesday that he's 3-4 weeks away from being cleared for practice and will be 100 percent for OTAs this summer, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

    Lance opened the season as the 49ers' starting quarterback but fractured his fibula and suffered a ligament disruption in his right ankle during Week 2. He was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign and underwent a procedure at the end of December to extract hardware from his initial ankle surgery in September. The 2021 first-round pick remains on track to be healthy for offseason work and the 2023 campaign, which is an encouraging update seeing as Brock Purdy is expected to miss at least six months with a torn UCL in his right elbow and Jimmy Garoppolo is headed toward free agency.

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