Cassius Marsh was only on the San Francisco 49ers roster for six games last season after being claimed off waivers in November from the New England Patriots, but the team liked what they saw enough to keep him around into next season and beyond. Marsh, who was scheduled to hit free agency on March 14, was given a contract extension by the 49ers today that will keep him under contract for the next two years.
Marsh, 25, seemed to fit in well with the 49ers after coming over from New England, giving them a needed boost with their pass rush and some depth at defensive end. Marsh posted 11 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles in the six games he played with the 49ers in 2017.
“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,” 49ers 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.”
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The extension probably comes as welcome news for Marsh, who told the Sacramento Bee last month he was happy to be with the 49ers after not feeling as comfortable with the Patriots, who acquired him in a preseason trade with the Seahawks.
“From the moment I got here I felt at home,” Marsh said. “And I was coming from something that, for the first time, really felt like I was away from home and turned the game I love into true work.”
Marsh (6-4, 245) has 85 career tackles to go with six sacks and four forced fumbles since being selected out of UCLA in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He becomes the second 49ers pending free agent to receive a contract extension, joining linebacker Mark Nzeocha. The 49ers will need to continue to add pass rush help this offseason, but keeping Marsh on the fold gives them a solid piece who will at least add depth and experience in that area in 2018.