49ers decline option on DE Dumervil

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The San Francisco 49ers will let the man that led the team in sacks last season, defensive end Elvis Dumervil, become a free agent next week.

The Niners announced Friday that they informed Dumervil his contract option for 2018 wouldn't be picked up. Dumervil had 6.5 sacks in a limited role last season, 3.5 more than anyone else on the team.

"I want to thank Elvis for everything he contributed to our team last year both on the field and throughout our building," said 49ers general manager John Lynch in a statement. "Not only did he bring a great deal of veteran leadership to our locker room at a time of significant change, but he provided a spark to our defense.

"Although Elvis isn't in our current plans, we would never close the door on a potential return in the future. As a long-time friend, I wish him and his family well."

Dumervil, 34, was set to receive a $500,000 roster bonus on Tuesday and would have carried a $4.25 million cap hit in 2018. He has 105.5 career sacks in his 11 NFL seasons.

The Niners also announced that they have tendered a one-year deal to exclusive-rights free agent running back Raheem Mostert and picked up the 2018 contract option for linebacker Dekoda Watson. Mostert, 25, led the team with eight special-teams tackles last season, while Watson, 30, wasn't far behind him with six tackles on special teams.

--Field Level Media