49ers Rumors: Kyle Nelson Signs 4-Year Contract Extension Amid Suspension

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 8: Kyle Nelson #86 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sideline during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the 49ers 26-23. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers signed long snapper Kyle Nelson to a four-year contract extension through 2022 on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Nelson has six games left to serve on a 10-game suspension handed down in December for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

The 32-year-old Nelson has been San Francisco's long snapper since 2014. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of New Mexico State in 2011 and bounced around between several different teams before finally catching on with the Washington Redskins in 2013.

After spending part of one season as Washington's long snapper, Nelson joined the Niners.

Nelson violated the NFL's PED policy as a rookie in 2011, and with regard to his second violation, heΒ deniedΒ taking any performance-enhancing drugs knowingly:

"I have been taking the same supplements for my entire time with the 49ers, while undergoing often simultaneous testing by the NFL with no issues. I do not deviate from my nutrition routine, and I would never knowingly take a banned substance.

"I am currently having the supplements tested, and I hope to uncover the cause of the positive test. When the product is identified I fully intend to seek legal action against the manufacturer to protect against this happening to other players in the future."

While Nelson was out last season due to suspension, Colin Holba filled in as San Francisco's snapper, and he is likely in line to do so again in 2019 for six games until Nelson returns.