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.”