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49ers exercise fifth-year contract option for 2020 on DeForest Buckner

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49ers exercise fifth-year contract option for 2020 on DeForest Buckner

The 49ers on Wednesday picked up the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner for the 2020 season, but the club does not want the union to end there.

Buckner, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make nearly $12.5 million in 2020. The one-year deal becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the new league year in March 2020.

The sides were eligible to enter into negotiations to extend Buckner’s contract this offseason for the first time. And, eventually, the 49ers would like to secure him with a long-term contract that could make him one of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL.

“I would love nothing more than for DeFo to be here,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said recently. “We’ve got a long time to work on that. He’s very important to us. He’s another guy who’s a big part of what we’re doing.

“(I) just love everything about him and the way he goes about his business, his profession. I think he’s a special player and we’d like to keep him here for a long time.”

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Buckner is coming off his best NFL season. He was added to the NFC Pro Bowl as an alternate after recording a career-best 12 sacks. He is entering the final year of his original four-year, $18.2 million contract.

Amazing Candlestick Park model leaves young 49ers, Giants fan in awe

Amazing Candlestick Park model leaves young 49ers, Giants fan in awe

Ready for something extra cute? Sure you are.

Paper Stadiums builds models of stadiums using paper products and hand drawing each specific detail. He just made one fan's dreams come true.

One young 49ers and Giants fan requested a model of the historic Candlestick Park. Specifically, he wanted the football field with the baseball field still on it. Paper Stadiums was up for the task and delivered beautifully. 

This was how it went:

The original model was Candlestick Park, the baseball field where the Giants used to play, with a special add-on attachment of the football fixtures on top where the 49ers used to roam the field.

Everything from the endzones to the seats were complete with details as well as some old school radio calls in the background of the YouTube video for that extra special touch. Not sure if it protects from the wind as much as the original construction used to, but the rest holds true. 

The best part, however? The reveal.

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Candlestick Park has seen it’s fair share of historical moments from two MLB All-Star Games to eight NFC Championship Games. It saw what would be famously named “The Catch” and “The Catch II.” 

The final game was back in December of 2013 when the 49ers hosted the Atlanta Falcons. 

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Trent Williams chose 49ers partly due to Nick Bosa, defensive line

Trent Williams chose 49ers partly due to Nick Bosa, defensive line

The 49ers' defensive line is the strength of the team. Not just for the chaos it creates, but also for the players it helps attract.

Last season, San Francisco allowed the fewest passing yards per game (169.2) and tied for the fifth-most sacks (48) in the NFL. Anyone who watched the 49ers' defensive line quickly realized it was one of the elite units in the league.

That included new 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams, who sat out all of last season amid a dispute with Washington. That gave Williams plenty of time to study up on the top D-lines in the league, which ultimately influenced which teams he would be open to joining. After so much time away from game action, he knew he needed to go up against the best of the best.

"Oh man, I'm looking forward to it," Williams told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport on the "RapSheet and Friends" podcast. "When I looked for a team to go to, I looked at the opposite side of the ball to see who can I sharpen my iron on every day in practice because when I get out there on the field, I can't come up with a rust excuse. All that to me doesn't exist. So, I would rather be rusty in practice and be able to sharpen my iron then than to try to do it Monday night with all the cameras on me. 

" ... The defense is probably the best in the league. When you think about defensive lines that get after the quarterback, I think anybody with a pulse is going to throw the 49ers' front out there within the first, second or third groups to mention. So, that in itself excites me as a competitor, because I know I can get some of the best work done during the week. On Sundays, you're not going to see too many guys better than that group. Especially not any individuals that much better than [Nick] Bosa. I think they just don't have that many guys in the league that are better than him. So, I think for me, it's going to do everything for me to get me back to where I know I can be at."

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When the 49ers' top offensive and defensive units go up against each other in practice, the expectation is that Williams and Bosa will be matched up head-to-head. That should make for quite the individual battle, and likely will only serve to make each player better.

Given that one has made the Pro Bowl seven times and the other is the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, that should be a terrifying thought for most other linemen in the league -- on both sides of the ball.

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