SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Continuing the tradition, the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions agreed to trade for the third consecutive preseason on Thursday, with the Niners sending linebacker Eli Harold to the Lions.
In return, the 49ers will receive a conditional seventh round in 2020, a source that ESPN has confirmed. MLive.com first reported on the terms of the deal. The condition is that Harold must be on the list of Lions for four weeks, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Harold goes to Detroit after three mostly disappointing seasons in San Francisco. Harold has played in all 48 games over the past three seasons, including 23 starters over the past two years.
Harold, who had originally provided support for Edge Rush, did not make much of an impact there with five sacks in three years. Last season, Harold entered a different role than Sam Linebacker. Although he only had two sacks, he was solid in the running game, especially as a defender in the defense system of the defense coordinator Robert Saleh.
"Our entire organization would like to thank Eli for his hard work and his contributions to our team and the Bay Area community over the last three years," said 49ers General Manager John Lynch in a statement. "He has always represented the 49ers in class and has been a great teammate, and we wish Eli and his wife Kelsey nothing better in the years to come."
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Before the first two preparatory games of the Niners, Harold fought for the anthem. When questioned about this decision on Tuesday, Harold, who will act as a freelance agent after the season, declined to speak about it.
"I understand why everyone wants to ask the questions, but I just do not want to come in right now," Harold said, "I'm trying to focus on Ball. My wife and I had a discussion, and now we think it best that I do not answer those questions and try to keep my hands on the ball, if you do not mind. "19659002] Harold's departure means the 49ers have a new one The options include returnees Dekoda Watson, Mark Nzeocha and Pita Taumoepenu, while rookie Fred Warner, who was in the third round, was able to intervene in the mix, having played mostly indoors during the preseason but the opacity and physicality to play Sam when needed.
In 2016, Lions CEO Bob Quinn traded Jeremy Kerley against offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who had 64 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns that year mostly in the practice group rather than the Lions.
Last season, the Lions exchanged sheets for Tomlinson for a fifth round in 2019 to San Francisco. While Tomlinson was not training in Detroit, the first half round was good enough for the Niners to sign an extension of three years, $ 18 million in this off-season after starting 15 games at the left guard in 2017.
This time, The Lions are the team that chooses a player in distress. Detroit's Pass-Rush was scant this preseason. While Harold has not had much success in this regard, the team hopes to start production.
The Lions also lost important linebacker reserve Steve Longa to a season-ending right ACL injury last week. Harold was able to compete in Detroit for a starting position, because apart from Devon Kennard and Jarrad Davis no player has a role within the linebacker corps consolidated. At worst, Harold could be a pass-hushing backup for Kennard – a point that's pretty much open at the moment, two weeks before preseason.
ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein has contributed to this report.