San Francisco 49ers: What Anthony Davis' Extension Means for the 49ers

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San Francisco 49ers: What Anthony Davis' Extension Means for the 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers have locked up offensive tackle Anthony Davis to a five-year, $37.3 million contract.

The San Francisco 49ers host one of the best offensive lines in the NFL today.

John Madden had high praise for it shortly after Super Bowl XLVII, considering it one of the best in the game (via SanFrancisco.CBSLocal.com): "Right now they’re one of the best or the best offensive line in football. They played well in the Super Bowl."

One of the big parts of that offensive line was offensive tackle Anthony Davis.

Drafted 11th overall by the 49ers in the 2010 NFL draft, Davis became a big part of one of San Francisco's biggest strengths.

Along with offensive linemen Joe Staley, Mike Iupati and Alex Boone, the 49ers have a young and talented offensive line that will help them continue right where they left off following last season's Super Bowl appearance.

Initially, Davis struggled after being drafted. However, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, the key difference in Davis' turnaround was the arrival of head coach Jim Harbaugh.

From that point on, Davis has been a stalwart on the 49ers' O-line.

Davis, who was such a large part of the 49ers' recent offensive success, was rewarded with a five-year, $37.295 million contract (per Rosenthal), ensuring the young lineman will remain in San Francisco through 2019.

His previous contract, which was initially set to expire in 2014, was a five-year, $26 million deal. 

The move is a smart one for the 49ers and their general manager Trent Baalke. By locking up Davis, San Francisco ensures that its offensive line will remain mostly intact for years to come. Iupati is signed through 2014, Boone through 2015 and Staley through 2018.

The lone question mark is center Jonathan Goodwin.

At 34 years old, Goodwin is entering the final year of a three-year, $10.9 million contract, and given the 49ers' tremendous options heading forward into the draft, it is plausible that San Francisco may look to replace the aging center with prospects like Barrett Jones or Travis Frederick.

Regardless of Goodwin's future with the 49ers, Davis' extension solidifies an already dynamic offensive line.

San Francisco's reliance on the running game, now combined with the read-option system with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ensures that the 49ers offense will remain potent in upcoming seasons. 

Davis, along with the rest of the offensive line, was effective at both run- and pass-blocking, and now the group can bring two years of playoff experience to the table.

Davis gets his reward, and the 49ers will get theirs through his play. With Davis employed through 2019, the offensive line will continue to receive praise for years to come.

 

All contract information courtesy of spotrac.com

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