49ers Reportedly Exercise Arik Armstead's 5th-Year Contract Option

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2018

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 1: Arik Armstead #91 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes the quarterback during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 18-15. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers opted to pick up defensive lineman Arik Armstead's fifth-year option on his rookie contract on Monday, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Kevin Jones broke down the surprise strategy from the team:

Kevin Jones @Mr_KevinJones

Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch are showing tremendous faith in Arik Armstead. First, they don't draft a pass rusher. Now, they are extending a player with 6 sacks in 30 career games. Armstead has also missed 18 games the last two seasons. This is a pretty puzzling move https://t.co/chNZFFJtZ0

It's been a slow start to the former Oregon star's NFL career, as he has had a tough time staying on the field. The 17th overall pick in the 2015 draft has played in just 14 games the past two seasons, missing time due to shoulder and hand injuries.

When he has been on the field, the 6'7", 292-pound defensive end has shown some potential. He has 50 combined tackles, six sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defended in 30 games.

Armstead's numbers may not be what a team hopes to have gotten in a first-round pick's first three years in the league, but San Francisco general manager John Lynch said last season the team is pleased with the "glimpses" they have seen from the lineman.

At 24 years old, Armstead has plenty of time to fulfill his potential—and the 49ers still have faith in him to do so.


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