After three strong seasons to launch his pro career, Dre Greenlaw no longer has to worry about testing the free-agent market in March 2023 as the San Francisco 49ers linebacker agreed to a new two-year extension in his fourth year that is running through the 2024 NFL season.
Although the Niners have not publicly confirmed the deal, presumably due to Trey Lance’s seasonal ankle injury, Ian Rapport reported about an overtime shortly after the end of the game and has since reported that the deal is worth it $19 million over two years with $10 million guaranteed. green law talked about what the new contract signifies him in the dressing room after the game.
“Man, just not having to worry about anything financially,” Greenlaw told the assembled media. “Just being able to just lock yourself in and really just focus on playing. That’s really the big stress reliever, so now I can just focus on playing the ball. I don’t have to worry about getting hurt, you know what I mean? Whatever I do, I just go and do it hard. I’m excited to be part of this organization for two more years and we have a great group of people so I’m excited to see how far we can go and try to win a few championships in these years as well.”
Speaking to ESPN after the 49ers’ second week, Greenlaw celebrated that the two sides were able to reach a contractual settlement and that he can now focus on his work on the field without his future weighing him down.
“It’s a blessing,” Greenlaw told ESPN. “I’m just grateful for this organization, grateful for everything. Just let off some stress, knowing that if you get hurt, you don’t have to worry. You just play until you can’t play anymore. So that’s really the relief I had.”
While Greenlaw would certainly have garnered plenty of interest in the free-agent market given his impressive career stats since his fifth-round call-up in 2019, the familiarity and security of two more years in San Francisco allowed for an extension quickly done.
“You want to get as much money as possible, but at the end of the day you want to be happy where you are,” Greenlaw said. “You want to be with a good organization, you want the security, you want to be wanted, all that good stuff. So I was just in the best position just being here with the organization and there’s really nowhere else I’d rather be.”
Greenlaw’s new deal is the third 49ers player to agree to a long-term contract extension since Aug. 1, following in the footsteps of wide receiver Deebo Samuel on Aug. 1 and punter Mitch Wishnowsky on Sept. 17.
With Mike McGlinchey, Jimmie Ward and Nick Bosa among others also eligible for new renewals, and around $24 million in available cap space ahead of Greenlaw’s renewal according to Spotrac, John Lynch has some decisions to make from a team building perspective. Luckily, with so many talented players in the squad, that would be a good problem.