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Report: Kinlaw, Jets agree to one-year contract in free agency

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Javon Kinlaw's time with the 49ers reportedly has ended.

The free-agent defensive tackle reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the New York Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday night, citing a source.

Financial terms weren’t known.

The reported deal reunites Kinlaw with Jets coach Robert Saleh, who was the 49ers' defensive coordinator when San Francisco selected the defensive tackle 14th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

With Kinlaw reportedly leaving for New York, 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa is the only first-round pick of the Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch era to sign a second contract with the team, per ESPN's Nick Wagoner -- though a second could be on the way in wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, whom San Francisco will work to extend this offseason.

Kinlaw showed his worth during the 2023 NFL season after his career up until that point had been marred by injuries, leading the 49ers to decline his fifth-year contract option. The 26-year-old tallied 25 tackles -- four for loss -- six quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks and three passes defended across 17 games, with six starts, per Pro Football Reference.

Shanahan told reporters in December that he believed Kinlaw would be sought after by other NFL teams in free agency this offseason.

“Yeah, no doubt about it,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Everyone around the league knows the talent he was coming out of college. ...

“You're still so nervous for the guy because they can't control their injuries. But for him to be able to do this and play, now the tape looks [like] what people anticipated and the whole league has respect and he's only going to get better.” 

Now, Kinlaw reportedly will have the opportunity to build upon his strong season with a familiar face on the Jets.

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