49ers sign first-round safety Jimmie Ward

The San Francisco 49ers have signed free safety Jimmie Ward to a four-year, $7.11 million contract that includes a $3.492 million signing bonus

Ward was selected 30th overall out of Northern Illinois.

For four seasons, he had 320 tackles, 26 pass deflections, 11 interceptions, four forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and four blocked kicks.

He was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and two-time All-American.

As a senior, Ward started all 14 games at safety and recorded a team-high 95 tackles with one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss, a conference-best 10 passes defensed and seven interceptions.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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