The San Francisco 49ers are unquestionably one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl next season, but they helped ensure their long-term viability as well on Friday as they reportedly inked right tackle Anthony Davis to a contract extension.
UPDATE: Friday, April 5 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Mike Chiari
The speculation regarding Davis' contract status has come to an end as his five-year contract extension with the 49ers through the 2019 season was made official, according to 49ers.com.
Although the 49ers haven't yet released the monetary terms of the contract, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk previously reported that he would make $37.2 million with $17 million of that sum being guaranteed.
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According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the deal is a five-year extension that will keep the blocking stalwart with the team through 2019.
Pro Football Talk is reporting on Twitter that the five-year contract is worth $37.2 million with $17 million of that guaranteed.
Initial numbers for 49ers RT Anthony Davis five-year extension:$37.2 million with $17 million in guarantees.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 5, 2013
If nothing else, this move shows that the Niners front office is proactive and desperately wants to keep its core together moving forward. Davis may not receive as much publicity as players like Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree or Vernon Davis, but he is a key cog that helps make the San Francisco offense go.
Davis is even overshadowed by some of his linemates such as Joe Staley and Mike Iupati, but he is as solid as they come. Since being selected 11th overall in the 2010 draft out of Rutgers, Davis has started all 48 regular-season games the 49ers have played in. That type of durability and consistency is extremely rare in the NFL these days.
Is this a smart signing by the Niners?
The Niners offensive line as a whole is easily the best unit in the league because of its ability to remain healthy as well as its execution in a number of areas. The Niners are generally a run-first team due to a stable of good running backs as well as a mobile quarterback, but Davis and his linemates excel in pass-blocking as well.
Davis is particularly important on the line because of the read-option. Kaepernick often keeps the ball and runs to his right, which puts a lot of pressure on Davis to hold up the pass-rusher and ensure that his quarterback remains upright. Davis was fantastic in that regard last year and figures to remain so moving forward.
The Niners are quickly becoming a model franchise in the NFL once again, and the re-signing of Davis certainly adds to their reputation.
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