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The 49ers signed their first notable contract extension of the regular season. There are a host of candidates to be next.

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The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that cornerback K’Waun Williams has signed a three-year contract extension. Earlier today I said he was the first player to receive a contract extension, but that was incorrect. Technically it was Jeremy Kerley. The 49ers signed Kerley to an extension on March 4, which was before free agency started. I think technically that makes it an extension.

Kerley is no longer around, so among the players who actually made the 53-man roster, Williams is the first to get a new deal. Considering he was one of the first players John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan signed, it is kind of fitting he gets the first deal.

The 49ers have a ton of cap space, so the question now is, who is next in line for a contract extension? The team has three games under their belt and Lynch and Shanahan are starting to get a better handle on what the new and returning players can do in the offensive and defensive schemes. It is still an incredibly small sample size, but it’s a lot more information than they had over the summer.

With that in mind, who gets the next contract extension? Is it Carlos Hyde while his value remains relatively low? Maybe Eric Reid has shown enough at strong safety to earn a new deal. Tank Carradine is on injured reserve, but was off to a strong start in his walk year. Dontae Johnson has worked his way into the starting lineup, but I would think they hope to see Ahkello Witherspoon claim that spot next year. And Aaron Lynch will get some more opportunities in the coming weeks with the injuries mounting. Jimmie Ward has his option year coming up next year, so my guess is they hold off for now.

Players they are not allowed to sign to extensions yet include Arik Armstead, Jaquiski Tartt, Eli Harold, Bradley Pinion, and Trent Brown. They were all drafted in 2015, which means they are eligible for extensions following the current season. The 2016 draft class is eligible after the 2018 season. That group includes DeForest Buckner, Joshua Garnett, Will Redmond, Rashard Robinson, Ronald Blair, and Aaron Burbridge.

So will we see any more extensions? It is possible this is the only one, but I would not be surprised to see another extension before the end of this season. I’ve attached a poll below. Feel free to suggest other options!

Poll

Who will be the next current 49er to sign a contract extension?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Carlos Hyde
    (356 votes)
  • 27%
    Eric Reid
    (225 votes)
  • 6%
    Tank carradine
    (50 votes)
  • 2%
    Dontae Johnson
    (18 votes)
  • 3%
    Aaron Lynch
    (32 votes)
  • 9%
    Jimmie Ward
    (81 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (specify in comments)
    (8 votes)
  • 7%
    None during this season
    (59 votes)
829 votes total Vote Now