Arik Armstead didn’t need to wait long to find a new contract. ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday confirmed a report from Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz that Armstead is set to join the Jacksonville Jaguars on a three-year, $51-million contract. The deal came down just one day after the NFL’s new league year opened and the 49ers released Armstead.

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke was the 49ers’ GM in 2015 when the 49ers made Armstead the No. 17 pick out of the University of Oregon. He played his first eight seasons with San Francisco, but opted for free agency instead of taking a pay cut to stay with the team.

His free agency gamble paid off since the average annual value of his contract with the Jaguars is in line with the AAV on his deal with the 49ers.

In eight years with San Francisco Armstead played in 116 games and posted 33.5 sacks. His best year came in 2019 when he led the club with a career-best 10.0 sacks.

The 49ers moved quickly in replacing him. They signed former Browns defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, re-signed DT Kevin Givens, and traded a seventh-round pick to the Texans for DT Maliek Collins.

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