Home Page

49ers sign Kilgore to three-year extension

jimmy-g-kilgore-daniel-red.jpg
AP

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.”

What they're saying: Happy Mother's Day 2018

mothersday2018usatsi.jpg
USATSI

What they're saying: Happy Mother's Day 2018

Check out how Bay Area athletes honored their mom's and the mother's of their children today!

Happy Mother’s Day!

A post shared by Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) on

Happy Mother’s Day to my 👑❤️

A post shared by Pierre Garcon (@pierregarcon) on

Building Raiders roster a 'team effort' for Gruden, McKenzie

gruden-mckenzie-ap.jpg
AP

Building Raiders roster a 'team effort' for Gruden, McKenzie

ORLANDO, Fla. – Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is a popular guy, widely respected among players and in NFL circles. The same can be said for his coordinators and many position coaches.

General manager Reggie McKenzie understands that. He used those assets to help recruit free agents to Oakland.

He also remains in close communication with those designing new Raiders schemes. Jon Gruden’s in charge of the offense, while coordinator Paul Guenther will install a new defense.

McKenzie is focused on getting guys they want, guys who will fit well within new schemes.

“One thing about Gruden is that I know exactly what he wants, which is great for me,” McKenzie said Monday in a meeting with Raiders beat writers at the NFL owners meetings. “I know exactly what is needed for his (offensive) system. It’s the same with (defensive coordinator Paul Guenther). I know exactly what kind of players they want at each position. That makes my job a lot easier, instead of trying to figure out what works best."

Raiders owner Mark Davis told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday that McKenzie plays a different role with Gruden in the mix, and that the head coach’s vision for the team is most important.

“That vision, and that direction is going to be helpful to Reggie more so than not,” Davis said. “I think they’ll work together very well.”

McKenzie agrees. He praised the level of communication with Gruden and his assistants and believes they executed an aggressive free-agency plan well working together.

“The communication is constant, and I’m not just talking about Coach Gruden,” McKenzie said. “I’m talking about the entire staff. It’s well-received.”

The Raiders signed 20 guys in free agency, with 16 new faces and four returners thus far, at least after Reggie Nelson’s deal becomes official in the coming days. McKenzie used the coaching staff to help close deals, and get guys they coveted.

“It’s a team effort, I’m telling you,” McKenzie said. “The good part about it, is that players want to come. Players want to be coached by our guys. When we can get coaches heavily involved in communicating with those guys and when we get those guys in the building, our coaches did a great job recruiting those (free-agent signings).”