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Report: Former Penn State Defensive Lineman Yetur Gross-Matos Signs With San Francisco 49ers

Former Penn State and Carolina Panthers defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos has reportedly signed a two-year, $18 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Gross-Matos, a former two-time first-team All-Big Ten player, spent three seasons in Happy Valley from 2017-2019. During his time wearing the blue and white, Gross-Matos totaled 19 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, and 111 total tackles.

After forgoing his senior season, Gross-Matos entered the 2020 NFL draft, when he was selected in the second round as the 38th overall pick. That year, he was the highest-selected Nittany Lion, going eight picks before K.J. Hamler.

Despite only playing 12 games during the 2023 season, Gross-Matos recorded the most sacks and tackles for loss for the Panthers. He finished 2023 with 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, and 36 total tackles. In his four years in Carolina, he recorded 13 total sacks and 142 tackles.

Gross-Matos joins a front-seven unit of Nick Bosa, Javon Hargrave, and Fred Warner, as well as the rest of the defending NFC Champions, in hopes of making it back to the Super Bowl.

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Matt Brown

Matt is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him taking down any Dollar Dog challenge or rewatching the Big Ten Maps Commercial. To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected].

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