With each passing NFL offseason, the debate concerning the value of running backs on the open market becomes louder and louder.
But the fullback market was all the rage Sunday night.
According to NFL Network, the San Francisco 49ers and Kyle Juszczyk agreed to a five-year, $27 million deal. It's a slight raise for one of the league's best fullbacks, as the four-year, $21 million contract he signed in 2017 had expired after last season.
Juszczyk, who will turn 30 next month, had already been the highest-paid fullback in the game, per Over The Cap. The $5.4 million average annual value is a slight raise from the $5.25 million AAV on the prior deal.
Juszczyk began his career with the Baltimore Ravens and made the Pro Bowl during his final season with the team in 2016. He's been selected to the game in each of his four seasons with the 49ers.
49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk has agreed to a new deal, according to NFL Network. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, also the team's play-caller, relies on a developed, run-heavy scheme. Juszczyk has been useful to Shanahan in that sense, but the former fourth-round pick has been an asset in the passing game, too. In his four seasons with San Francisco, Juszczyk has caught 102 passes for 1,080 yards and seven touchdowns (two rushing scores).
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