Reports: 49ers DL Arik Armstead set to become free agent


Veteran defensive lineman Arik Armstead will be heading to free agency after he and the San Francisco 49ers failed to reach a deal, ESPN and Bleacher Report reported Sunday.

San Francisco attempted to restructure Armstead’s contract, but the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement, per ESPN’s report. Armstead is now expected to be released.

If the 49ers were to immediately release Armstead, they would face a $25.86 million dead-money charge and would save only $2.492 million against the cap. San Francisco could work around this, though, but it would have to add a post-June 1 designation, which would allow the team to save over $18 million by dispersing the dead money over future years.

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.