Good morning folks, and happy Thursday to you all. For the second time in the last week, the 49ers have been aggressive in extending marginal starters, as they came to terms on a 3-year extension with center Daniel Kilgore. While not the headline-grabbing event like Garoppolo’s extension, this signing does seem to be a second brick in a philosophical trend rewarding workman-like players - solid, if not unremarkable, performers that can function as either average starters or extremely valuable backups.
Like the Cassius Marsh extension from last Wednesday, the details on this contract have not been immediately disclosed. Also like the Marsh extension, I’d venture to guess that the figures are extremely pedestrian, and do not preclude the drafting or signing of talented competition. In fact, the best case scenario (in terms of both Marsh and Kilgore) is that competition is drafted (or signed in the free agent market). If the newcomer wins the battle, our veterans serve as a steadying presence in the wings, and if the newcomer loses, they’ve got a solid veteran from which to learn the ropes.
I’m certainly somewhat surprised, as I had figured Kilgore would be replaced with an upgrade (or, at least, younger player). At 30 years old, the long-time 49er has only been a full-time starter for two years, neither of which was terribly inspiring. However, the contract details will be a major factor in how this extension will be viewed, so perhaps reserving judgment until then may be wise.
On to the good stuff-
Center Daniel Kilgore earns 3-year extension | Inman, Mercury | Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area | KNBR Media Services | Barrows, Sac Bee | ESPN Staff | Biderman, Ninerswire | Biderman (2), Ninerswire | Biderman (3), Ninerswire
What the 49ers look for in a CB | Barrows, Sac Bee