The 49ers might encounter a stalemate at linebacker in the event that De’Vondre Campbell fails.

With star linebacker Dre Greenlaw out for the season due to an Achilles tear sustained in the Super Bowl the previous February, the San Francisco 49ers made no secret of the fact that they were looking for a great linebacker who could play right away in 2024.

Eric Kendricks, a former linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers, was first targeted; however, after he declined a trade offer from the Niners and signed with the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco had to rely on a backup plan.

De’Vondre Campbell was a linebacker with the Green Bay Packers.

With Campbell agreeing to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million, of which $4.56 million is guaranteed, the 49ers are clearly planning to use the soon-to-be 31-year-old as a key component of their defense this season.

Particularly in the event that Greenlaw is unable to make a quick recovery, Campbell will start with All-Pro Fred Warner.

Although he may not be quite the performer he was in his prime, Campbell was a first-team All-Pro in 2021 and seems to be enjoying playing football for the first time in a long time. And there’s always the chance that Campbell finds his old All-Pro form again.

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Sounds fantastic. What occurs, though, when Greenlaw comes back?

Greenlaw may begin 2024 on an injured list as he is expected to miss the start of the regular season.

However, if Warner and Campbell are both healthy and he returns at some point this year, what would happen?

The Niners usually play nickel defense, which means that there are never more than two backs on the field at once. Even though a rotation is a good thing, it’s obvious that if Warner, Greenlaw, and Campbell are all healthy, someone will have to accept a smaller role.

Positively, though, San Francisco can now take its time with Greenlaw’s return knowing that it has an established All-Pro to assist cover for him.

The more significant effects will probably be felt farther down the depth chart, where linebackers like Tatum Bethune (2024), Dee Winters, Jalen Graham, and Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (flew rounds), who could find their tenuous clutches on roster spots wane if Greenlaw returns.

However, that isn’t a major issue for San Francisco. In fact, it’s advantageous to have too many possibilities at a crucial position.

even in the event that the job becomes overcrowded.

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