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49ers sign Jaquiski Tartt to 2-year extension

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Fooch’s update: The deal is worth $13 million, and could get up to $15 million with incentives, per NFL reporter Adam Caplan. He is now signed through 2020.

The San Francisco 49ers are busy on Friday! The team announced they have signed safety Jaquiski Tartt to a two-year contract extension. Tartt, a second round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, was due to hit free agency after this coming season. General manager John Lynch had this to say about the extension.

“Since we arrived last year, Jaquiski has impressed us with his play, his work ethic and the kind of teammate he is. We believe he’s a natural fit in our defensive system, and his abilities will allow him to flourish. It is always exciting when we are able to extend our own young players like Jaquiski who are dedicated to their craft, this team and our community.”

Tartt has shown considerable versatility in the 49ers secondary. He opened the 2017 season the starting free safety due to Jimmie Ward being unavailable. After two games, he moved over to strong safety when Ward returned and Eric Reid suffered an injury. He moved back to free safety for one game after another Ward injury, but then went on injured reserve after Week 9.

Tartt is expected to handle strong safety duties this season, while Adrian Colbert plays free safety. The team has not re-signed last year’s strong safety, Eric Reid. While John Lynch has said the team had not closed the door on a potential Reid return, it would likely be in a sub-package role. The team is not fully committed to Tartt for the long haul, but they like him enough to want to see how he develops this year.