Released by 49ers, DL Arik Armstead hits free agency


Defensive lineman Arik Armstead is expected to draw a crowd in free agency after being released by the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday.

General manager John Lynch confirmed attempts to restructure Armstead’s contract failed to produce an agreement.

But by releasing Armstead, the 49ers would accept a $25.86 million dead-money charge and save only $2.492 million against the cap. They would be charged less if he’s designated a post-June 1 release, which would allow the team to save over $18 million by dispersing the dead money over future years.

The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are expected to have interest in signing Armstead.

The 49ers said Wednesday in announcing the move, they also re-signed quarterback Brandon Allen to a one-year deal, right tackle Colton McKivitz to a one-year extension through the 2025 season and safety George Odum to a two-year extension through the 2026 season.

Armstead, 30, had five sacks and 27 tackles in 12 games (all starts) last season, his ninth with San Francisco after he was selected with the No. 17 pick in the 2015 draft.

In 116 career games (97 starts), Armstead has recorded 33.5 sacks, 302 tackles and three forced fumbles.