There will be no reunion between the 49ers and defensive end of free agent Ronald Blair. Instead, he reunites with former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and signs with the New York Jets.signing with the New York Jets according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Blair didn’t play at all in 2020 due to surgical complications on the ACL he tore in week 10 of the 2019 campaign.
San Francisco selected Blair in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, a year before Saleh and head coach Kyle Shanahan arrived in the Bay Area. Still, he was a favorite among the coaching staff and carved out a nice role for himself as a rotational defensive lineman. Blair in 47 games with the 49ers racked up 13.5 sacks. 10 of them have come in 31 games with Saleh orchestrating the defense.
Saleh in 2019 said of Blair, “If you like to win, you like Ronnie Blair.If you like to win, you like Ronnie Blair.“
Blair was an integral part of the 49ers’ strong defensive line in 2019, but he tore his ACL in Week 10 against the Seahawks while pulling quarterback Russell Wilson down for a sack. He never dressed for San Francisco again.
There was a report earlier this offseason that the 49ers were ready to re-sign Blair49ers were ready to re-sign Blair, after taking a physical exam, to help strengthen a thin defensive end group. There is no indication of how the physique turned out, but he never put pen to paper with his former club. Now he will try to return to the field in New York.