49ers intend to sign former Giants offensive lineman to five-year deal

49ers intend to sign former Giants offensive lineman to five-year deal”

Two days after officially adding All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, the 49ers will soon fill their hole at interior lineman, as they plan to sign former Giants C-G Weston Richburg to a five-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Back in 2014, the New York Giants used a second-round pick on Richburg to be their long-time starting center. The decision to sign the 26-year-old is a bit of risk given that he only played four games last season due to a concussion that saw him be placed on the injured reserve in early November.

On Jan. 1, Richburg told reporters it was the first concussion he'd sustained.

"I got cleared medically by the specialist like three or four weeks ago, but I was getting good there for a while", Richburg said. "I wanted to play".

In Richburg's absence, the Giants will likely turn to Brett Jones to take over the starting role permanently, after filling in for Richburg as he battled through various injuries last season. The idea is that he'll play next to veteran center Daniel Kilgore in San Francisco.

At guard, 2017 starter Laken Tomlinson and Joshua Garnett, a 2016 first-round pick who sat out previous year with a knee injury, have been expected to compete for starting spots. Right guard Brandon Fusco remains unsigned, while there is a pending competition between fellow guards Laken Tomlinson and Joshua Garnett, who missed all of 2017 with a knee injury. While he has played in 51 National Football League games to date, only four came in his contract year with the Giants. The Seahawks beat the Giants 38-17.

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