Linebacker Oren Burks and 49ers reach free agency deal with NFL


Few NFL teams have ranked worse than the 49ers on special teams in the 2021 season.

The Green Bay Packers were bottom of the standings, as they showed with their special teams meltdowns in their NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the 49ers.

On Tuesday, the 49ers agreed terms with one of the Packers’ top special teams players to be a key contributor in Brian Schneider, the 49ers’ new coordinator.

Linebacker Oren Burks announced on social media that he would join the 49ers after spending his first four seasons with the Packers. The deal is for two years for $5 million, ESPN reported.

The open trading period opened on Monday morning. Teams are allowed to officially sign free agents from other teams starting Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Burks entered the NFL in 2018 as Vanderbilt’s third-round pick.

He appeared in all 17 regular season games with three starts last season. He recorded a career-high 36 tackles.

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Burks has made his biggest contributions on special teams, playing more than 75% of those snaps over the past three seasons.

Burks is currently in line to be the 49ers’ fourth linebacker behind Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair.

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