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49ers sign K’Waun Williams to 3-year contract extension

The 49ers ink their first contract extension of the Lynch/Shanahan era.

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The San Francisco 49ers had been holding off on contract extensions under the new management, but they have officially broken the seal! The 49ers announced on Friday that cornerback K’Waun Williams has signed a three-year extension that could keep him in town through the 2020 season.

General manager John Lynch had this to say about the signing.

“Since joining us this offseason, K’Waun has displayed every trait and characteristic we want to see from our players,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. “He is a tremendous competitor on the field and a true professional in our building. K’Waun has continued to get better and better every day and we wanted to ensure he would be a part of what we are building moving forward. I am really excited for both him and our team.”

Williams was one of John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan’s first signings when they took over. The 49ers signed him this past February 22nd, and he quickly took control of the team’s nickel back role. He beat out Will Redmond, and has been very solid in three games, registering 14 tackles and two passes defensed.

He gets a tough matchup in Week 4, getting a shot at the Arizona Cardinals strong group of wide receivers. He’ll likely get some Larry Fitzgerald in the slot, but he could also find himself across from Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, and John Brown. Nelson and John Brown are listed as limited on the injury report, but could be out there on Sunday.