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Ten candidates for 49ers contract extensions

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Ten candidates for 49ers contract extensions

The 49ers have plenty of salary-cap space – well more than $100 million projected – to sign Jimmy Garoppolo, some free agents and extend the contracts to retain some of their own players with multi-year deals this offseason.

Prior to the 49ers’ season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, we looked at 10 players who are scheduled to be free agents, and how they might fit into the team’s plans for the future.

Here, we turn our attention to 10 players whose contracts are set to expire after the 2018 season. These players are candidates to receive contract extensions this offseason to keep them off the free-agent market in 2019:

S Jimmie Ward
General manager John Lynch does not seem the least-bit concerned about Ward’s scheduled one-year, $8.5 million salary on the fifth-year option. Said Lynch, “We’re excited to have Jimmie back and plan on him being a big-time contributor to this team.”

The 49ers believe Ward can be a good cornerback. But they see him – if he can remain healthy – as a potential Pro Bowl player at free safety. The 49ers could be reluctant to extend his contract beyond this season until they are convinced he can remain injury-free. He missed 22 games in his first four seasons due to a variety of fractures and soft-tissue injuries. He finished 2017 on injured reserve after sustaining a broken forearm.

DE Arik Armstead
A first-round pick in 2015, Armstead can be retained for the 2019 season on the fifth-year option as a defensive end. The hefty one-year deal is guaranteed for injury only, and a decision must be made by May 2 for the 2019 season.

Armstead underwent season-ending surgery on his hand in mid-October. There are still legitimate questions about whether Armstead fits Robert Saleh’s defensive system. He began the season at pass-rush end before moving to the “big end” position. Armstead has six sacks in 30 career games, and he has missed 18 games the past two seasons due to shoulder and hand injuries.

RT Trent Brown
There is no doubt Brown has the size, strength and agility to attract a big contract. But it is highly unlikely the 49ers will make any kind of competitive offer to extend him past the upcoming season.

There are concerns about Brown’s dedication to put in the work necessary to get the most out of his ability. And it is fair to observe that when players change after signing lucrative contracts, it is generally not for the better.

One big test will be to see how Brown comes back from shoulder surgery that cut short his season and will sideline him for approximately six months.

S Jaquiski Tartt
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Tartt is a prime candidate for a contract extension. The 49ers like Tartt a lot. They like him as a free safety, but they really like him as a strong safety, playing closer to the line of scrimmage as an eighth defender in the box.

When all the safeties were healthy, the 49ers determined their best lineup consisted of Ward at free safety and Tartt at strong safety. Before Tartt sustained a fractured forearm that ended his season, the team decided to move veteran safety Eric Reid to linebacker. Reid was back at safety in Tartt's role to finish the season.

WR Marquise Goodwin
Goodwin was an exceptional veteran pickup for the 49ers, as he signed a two-year, $6 million contract on the first day of free agency. After four pedestrian seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin became more of a complete receiver in Kyle Shanahan’s system.

Despite experiencing unimaginable tragedy off the field, Goodwin put together an exceptional season with 56 receptions for 962 yards. There are few players faster than Goodwin, who turned 27 in November.

K Robbie Gould
Gould signed a two-year, $4 million contract on the first day of free agency. In his first season with the 49ers, he set the franchise record in field-goal accuracy, making 49 of 51 attempts for 95.1 percent.

However, Gould, a 13-year veteran, is 35 years old. The 49ers might want to see how Gould holds up in 2018 before making a determination whether he fits into the team’s plans for 2019.

LG Laken Tomlinson
The decision for the fifth-year option was transferred to the 49ers when Tomlinson was acquired in the late-August trade from the Detroit Lions. He was the 28th overall pick of the Lions in the 2015 draft.

Tomlinson got better as the season progressed – a sign the 49ers interpret as the potential for him to settle in as a good player once he fully grasps the offensive system and the techniques being coached. The 49ers are likely to pick up the fifth-year option on Tomlinson by the May 2 deadline.

P Bradley Pinion
Pinion is entering the final year of his contract and would appear to be a strong candidate for a contract extension. He has gotten better every season, and he is still young and getting stronger. (He turns 24 in June.)

Pinion was tied for the ninth most-effective punter in the league with a net average of 41.3 yards. He dropped 31 punts inside the 20-yard line with just one touchback.

OLB Eli Harold
Harold, a third-round draft pick in 2015, enters the final year of his rookie contract. He was used primarily on run downs. Harold’s ability to set the edge in the run game is an aspect of his game that Saleh highlighted late in the season.

The 49ers could buy low on Harold this offseason if they believe he is capable of making significant improvements as a pass rusher on base downs.

LS Kyle Nelson
The long-snapper is the most anonymous player on any football team. . . until he sails a ball over the head of the punter or holder. Nelson, 31, has been very good since his arrival in 2014. He is entering the final year of a four-year extension he signed in March of 2015.

Marquise Goodwin feeling 'wonderful' a day after being knocked unconscious

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Marquise Goodwin feeling 'wonderful' a day after being knocked unconscious

SANTA CLARA – One day after 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was knocked unconscious and sustained a concussion, he said he was symptom-free and feeling “wonderful.”

The 49ers announced their team awards on Monday, and Goodwin was selected as the winner of the organization’s most prestigious award. He won the Len Eshmont Award as the player who exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Eshmont, one of the original members of the 49ers.

Goodwin recorded career-highs with 56 receptions for 962 yards in his first year with the 49ers after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

“It’s been a long season, but it’s been a wonderful journey for me, coming from Buffalo, where I didn’t quite get to showcase all my talent,” Goodwin said.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to work with the guys I did this year, to work with Kyle (Shanahan) and play with this team. It meant a lot to me. It showed a lot, not only to other people, but to myself. And it proved to me that I was capable of achieving some of the things I did this year. I’m ecstatic about what’s to come in the future.”

With the success on the field, Goodwin also experienced unimaginable losses. He and his wife, Morgan, lost their child from to complications during pregnancy on Nov. 12. Just hours later, he caught an 83-yard touchdown against the New York Giants in the 49ers’ first victory of the season.

Two weeks ago, following the 49ers’ win over Tennessee, Goodwin revealed his biological father had died just days earlier.

“I just take it all in as it comes,” Goodwin said. “It’s all part of the experience. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t go through those types of things. I’ve always had to be resilient my whole life.

“I look forward to -- good, bad or indifferent -- whatever 2018 brings. I’m ready for it.”

Goodwin was diagnosed with a concussion Sunday after Los Angeles Rams safety Blake Countess delivered an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit. Goodwin was carted off the field and taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Goodwin said he was administered tests and a CT scan. Everything checked out fine, and he was allowed to rejoin his teammates for the flight back to the Bay Area.

“My main concern was to get one of the nurses to pull up the game on her phone so could watch it and see how the team was doing,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin credited prayer and his faith for feeling fine just a short time after the violent collision. He said he would be able to play this week if the 49ers’ season had not concluded on Sunday.

Goodwin, who signed a two-year, $6 million contract in the offseason, is looking ahead to a full season with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after the 49ers finished the year on a five-game win streak.

“Jimmy, he came in and did an outstanding job,” Goodwin said. “Seven wins in his first seven career starts, five with the San Franicsco 49ers. That’s huge for him. And that’s huge for the organization, and it brings so much hope to everybody. I’m definitely appreciative of the opportunity to work with him.”

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49ERS TEAM AWARDS

Len Eshmont Award: Marquise Goodwin
Voted on by the players and awarded to the player who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Eshmont.

Bill Walsh Award: Kyle Juszczyk
Voted on by the coaches to the player who best represents the standard of excellence established by Walsh.

Bobb McKittrick Award: Daniel Kilgore
Voted on by offensive line to the offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the long-time assistant coach.

Hazeltine Iron Man Award: DeForest Buckner
Voted on by defensive coaches to the most courageous and inspirational defensive player

Thomas Herrion Memorial Award: Adrian Colbert
Voted on by the coaches to the rookie or first-year player who has taken advantage of every opportunity and turned it into a positive situation to make a dream a reality.

Ed Block Courage Award: Marquise Goodwin
Presented to a player on every team that exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage.

Perry/Yonamine Unity Award: Robbie Gould
Presented to the player who exhibits and exceptional commitment to promoting unity within the team and community.

Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee: Bradley Pinion
Given to the player who best exemplifies a commitment to philanthropy and community involvement.

Garry Niver Award: Marquise Goodwin
Presented by the San Francisco Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America to a 49ers player for his cooperation and professional style in dealing with the media.

Community Relations Service Awards: Garrett Celek, Chanceller James, Raheem Mostert (and wife, Devon), Dekoda Watson (and wife, Cristina), Kyle Juszczyk (youth football award), John Lynch (Salute to Service) and Dennis Brown (alumnus award)

49ers WR Marquise Goodwin taken to hospital after vicious hit by Rams DB

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49ers WR Marquise Goodwin taken to hospital after vicious hit by Rams DB

LOS ANGELES – Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin sustained a concussion late in the second quarter on an illegal hit from Los Angeles Rams safety Blake Countess.

After sustaining the hit to his head area, Goodwin remained on the ground until he was placed in a cart and driven to the locker room for further observation. Goodwin gave a double thumbs-up upon leaving the field. The 49ers announced just minutes later that Goodwin was out for the game with a concussion.

Goodwin was taken to a local hopsital for precautionary evaluation. He returned to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum shortly after the conclusion of the 49ers' 34-13 victory over the Rams and was in good spirits.

"Happy New Year," Goodwin told a reporter before joining his teammates on the trip back to the Bay Area.

Countess was also evaluated for a concussion, the Rams announced.

Goodwin caught two passes for 28 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo in the first quarter. He finished the season with career-highs of 58 catches for 962 yards.

Goodwin played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. His best season was in 2016, when he caught 29 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns.

He signed a two-year, $6 million with the 49ers on the first day of free agency.

Countess was one of 17 backup players in a starting role for the Rams on Sunday. The NFC West-champion Rams open the NFC playoffs next weekend.