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49ers sign Daniel Kilgore to 3-year extension

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Kilgore will not hit the open market, and will be the starting center for the foreseeable future.

The San Francisco 49ers have signed center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday. Kilgore was set to hit the open market this offseason and would have left a big void at the position, even if he’s not considered among the position’s elite.

“We are really happy to come to an agreement on a contract extension with Dan before free agency,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. “He is very much a leader of this team, and his hard work and commitment to our success provide a great example for our young team. When you come across players who love the game like Dan you do your best to keep them in your building.”

Kilgore was a fifth-round pick in 2011 and slowly worked his way into a starting role. He was either the third- or fourth-best offensive lineman on the team this past season, behind Joe Staley, Trent Brown and potentially Brandon Fusco depending on your opinions.

He’s not remarkable by any means, but he’s someone who should be able to play at a higher level if the 49ers also manage to solidify one of the guard spots next to him. Jimmy Garoppolo and Kilgore got along well, and Garoppolo publicly stated he wanted the 49ers to re-sign Kilgore.

Hopefully we’ll have contract details soon.