After making their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo the highest paid football player in NFL, San Francisco 49ers decided to turn attention to the rest of their roster. The team announced on Thursday that they have signed center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year extension. Kilgore was set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
The #49ers have signed C Daniel Kilgore to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) February 14, 2018
“We are really happy to come to an agreement on a contract extension with Dan before free agency,” – said 49ers general manager John Lynch in a statement. “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.“
Daniel Kilgore spent his entire career with the 49ers, after being selected in the fifth round of 2011 NFL Draft. Since he became the starting center for the 49ers in 2014, Kilgore played 39 games. The 30-year-old previously struggled with injuries, but he managed to play all 16 games in 2017 NFL season and developed a solid partnership with Garoppolo.
“I have been here for seven years, and I consider the Bay Area my second home and to be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me,” – said Kilgore to ESPN. “And this team is heading in the right direction — I wanted to be a part of it.“
Although Daniel Kilgore performed well during the last season, he added that he didn’t know whether the team will want to keep him.
“It kind of makes you nervous because in this profession, people like the younger guys and you just never know what will happen at any time, any given day in the NFL,” – he said. “So yeah, toward the end, that last day I was cleaning out the locker and I didn’t know if I would be back.“