Ian Williams re-signs with 49ers; Sam Young to Dolphins

ND Insider Staff
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Undrafted and unlucky following his stellar Notre Dame career, nose guard Ian Williams’ perseverance finally paid off Wednesday.


The San Francisco 49ers held onto their free agent starter, signing Williams to a five-year contract reportedly worth between $5 million and $6 million per year, per NFL Network.

The 6-foot-1, 305-pound nose tackle is coming off his most productive and most healthy season. He started all 16 games and amassed a career-high 65 tackles, with one sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a pass defended and a blocked kick.

From 2011-13, Williams saw action in six games total with four total tackles. Williams had risen to the top of the depth chart in 2013, but suffered a broken ankle that ended his season in week two.

A broken leg in 2014 truncated that season after nine games, all of them starts.

Young signs with Dolphins

Former south Florida prep standout Sam Young is heading back to the area as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

The four-year starting tackle from Notre Dame most recently played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing in all 16 games last season with three starts.

Young was drafted in the sixth-round in 2010 by the Dallas Cowboys. He then played for the Bills before the Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas grad landed in Jacksonville in 2014.

According to, Young’s contract is a one-year deal for $910,000.

Former Notre Dame nose guard Ian Williams (93), here combining on a sack of Detroit QB Matthew Stafford, re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday. (AP Photo/DUANE BURLESON)