The 49ers on Wednesday signed one of their own free agents, pass rusher Cassius Marsh, to a two-year contract, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
Marsh, 25, was a late-season addition after the New England Patriots waived him in November. The 49ers immediately inserted him into the lineup and he was a key contributor at the “Leo” defensive end position and on special teams.
From Week 12 onward, only Dekoda Watson played more special teams than Marsh, 131 snaps to 117. Marsh, however, also was on the field for 189 defensive snaps in that span versus two for Watson. Pro Football Focus gave Marsh a solid 76.9 overall grade as a pass rusher with San Francisco with Marsh creating pressure on 11.9 percent of his of pass rushes.
Pass rusher is one of the areas of concern for the team after it finished with just 30 sacks — tied for sixth fewest — on the season. Marsh had two of them in six games, which tied for third on the 49ers.
“Since joining the team late last season, Cassius has impressed us with his unique skill set and the tremendous energy and passion he brings to all phases of the game,” general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “Cassius is a great example of our desire to reward our own players with contract extensions as we continue to build out our roster. We’re excited to have him as a 49er moving forward.”