49ers sign Weston Richburg

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

The acquisition of Richburg will help beef up the offensive line to provide quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo more protection.

New York Giants center Weston Richburg intends to sign a five-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers when free agency begins on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Colorado State product was a second-round pick of the Giants in 2014, and he immediately bolstered the trenches. He had spent much of his rookie year as the starting center and has spent the last few seasons playing in between both center and guard. However, he sustained a concussion in Week 4 a year ago and the injury ended his season. 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.

And considering he's still young, the Niners making this investment appears smart. 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.

After starting 13 games for the Giants last season, he could be in line for an expanded role as the starter. Kilgore's injury history, though, is less of a concern with Richburg on the roster.

He is the ideal size at 6-foot-3, 298 pounds to start on the offensive interior in head coach Kyle Shanahan's zone blocking scheme. So why is Richburg getting a five-year deal coming off an injury-riddled 2017 National Football League campaign?

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