Safety Jaquiski Tartt, who was set to enter the final year of his contract, signed a two-year contract extension on Friday through the 2020 season.
The deal is worth $13 million and can earn him up to $15 million, the NFL Network reported. Tartt said the deal has been in the works since February.
“Since we arrived last year, Jaquiski has impressed us with his play, his work ethic and the kind of teammate he is,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “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 started 23 of the 39 games in which he appeared in his first three NFL seasons. He came to the 49ers in 2015 as a second-round draft pick from Samford. He started a career-high nine games last season at strong safety before sustaining a season-ending fractured forearm.
Jimmie Ward, who is playing this season on the fifth-year option, and second-year player Adrian Colbert are the candidates to start at free safety. Ward will begin the offseason at corneback as Richard Sherman will be held out to fully recover from surgeries to repair a torn Achilles on one foot and remove bone spurs from his other.