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Ankle concerns turn Ian Williams’ deal with 49ers into one-year pact

San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 21: Ian Williams #93 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field late in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 23-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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When defensive tackle Ian Williams agreed to a new deal with the 49ers earlier this month, it was for five years and up to $27.5 million.

The terms of that deal have reportedly changed thanks to health concerns about Williams. According to multiple reports, the deal has been revised to a one-year agreement due to uncertainty about Williams’ availability for the 2016 season. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that the original deal was never signed and submitted to the league.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Williams has had multiple ankle surgeries and could not pass his physical with the 49ers. As a result, his new deal will be worth up to $6 million including a $1 million salary and $125,000 weekly roster bonuses during the regular season for each week that Williams in the lineup.

Losing Williams for an extended stretch would be a blow to a 49ers defense trying to find its way after an exodus of talent heading into the 2015 season, so his status will be worth watching as the regular season draws closer.