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49ers sign Kilgore to three-year extension

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49ers sign Kilgore to three-year extension

Within a week, Jimmy Garoppolo signed a five-year extension to become the NFL’s highest-paid player and a player for whom he campaigned also got paid.

The 49ers announced Wednesday a three-year contract extension for center Daniel Kilgore, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month.

Kilgore, 30, a seven-year veteran was named as the winner of the Bobb McKittrick Award for best exemplifying the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time 49ers offensive line coach. McKittrick, who served 21 seasons as a 49ers assistant, died in 2000.

Garoppolo made a pitch for the 49ers to re-sign Kilgore while speaking with reporters the day after the season ended.

"I think there's a special relationship between center and quarterback," Garoppolo said. "We spend so much time together. Me and him got on the same page almost instantly when I first got here. He made my job a lot easier, helping me with the run game and all that stuff. I think we complement each other very well, so hopefully we'll work something out."

Kilgore is signed though the 2020 season.

“We are really happy to come to an agreement on a contract extension with Dan before free agency,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said 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.”

Source: 49ers never made trade offer for Peters

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MATT MAIOCCO

Source: 49ers never made trade offer for Peters

The 49ers are interested in a cornerback.

The 49ers are interested in any and all cornerbacks.

When the Kansas City Chiefs began shopping cornerback Marcus Peters, the 49ers did all the investigation one would expect from a team with a specific and urgent need at the position.

However, the 49ers did not make an offer to the Chiefs, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Friday. The Los Angeles Rams and Chiefs reportedly agreed on a deal that will become official at the beginning of the new league year on March 14.

Peters, 25, for all his talent and production, comes with reasons to make Kansas City, a team for which he played three seasons, want to ship him to another location. Peters was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015. He has earned trips to the Pro Bowl in two of his first three seasons while producing 19 interceptions and six forced fumbles in 45 games.

Peters came into the NFL with question marks after Washington coach Chris Peterson kicked him off the team during his junior season in college. Last season, Kansas City coach Andy Reid suspended Peters for a game late in the season as the Chiefs were pursuing a playoff spot.

One thing is certain this offseason: The 49ers will be connected with every cornerback on the market, including soon-to-be Rams free agent Trumaine Johnson.

Johnson, 28, figures to be one of the more attractive on the market during the early negotiating period of March 12-14. Johnson (6 foot 2, 213 pounds) is a six-year veteran who has recorded 18 interceptions.

The 49ers recently visited with veteran cornerback Vontae Davis, whom the Indianapolis Colts released last season. Davis is coming off groin surgery.

Cornerback arguably likely ranks as the 49ers’ biggest need this offseason. The club feels good about the progress of Ahkello Witherspoon, who began his rookie season inactive for the first four games. Witherspoon quickly developed into the team’s best cornerback.

The 49ers deemed cornerback Rashard Robinson was a disappointment on and off the field, and he was traded to the New York Jets. Dontae Johnson started all 16 games at right cornerback, but his play took a downward turn late in the season.

The 49ers are not expected to place a priority on re-signing Johnson as a free agent. K'Waun Williams returns as the 49ers' starting nickel back, but he is not considered an option to start at cornerback.

The other 49ers cornerbacks under contract for the 2018 season are Greg Mabin, Tyvis Powell and Channing Stribling, 

Raiders awarded four compensatory NFL Draft picks

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Raiders awarded four compensatory NFL Draft picks

The Raiders have been awarded four compensatory picks in this year’s NFL Draft, the league announced on Friday. All of them will come in the sixth round, bringing the Raiders selection total to 11.

Compensatory picks are given out by the league based on a formula of free agency gains versus losses from the previous offseason, based largest on contract value and playing time during the 2017 season. Teams that lose more than they get in terms of free-agent performance are given selections from rounds 3-7.

The Raiders were relatively quiet during last year’s free-agent signing period, with Jared Cook and Cordarrelle Patterson considered marquee acquisitions despite relatively affordable deals. A great number left in free agency, including linebacker Malcolm Smith, tackle Menelik Watson, defensive tackle Stacy McGee and running back Latavius Murray.

The Raiders now own the Nos. 210, 212, 216 and 217 overall selections in the upcoming draft.

The 49ers and Raiders are deadlocked in terms of draft priority will flip a coin at the NFL scouting combine to determine which team will select No. 9 and No. 10. That will reportedly happen on Friday.

The teams will alternate higher selections in subsequent rounds.