The 49ers announced Tuesday that they have signed LB Patrick Willis to a five-year contract extension through the 2016 season. Fox's Jay Glazer is reporting that Willis, who was the 11th overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft, will be receiving $50 million over the five-year extension.
"I am very proud of what Pat has been able to accomplish," Niners head coach Mike Singletary said of his team's defensive centerpiece. "He is the epitome of what a 49er is all about. Pat has had to overcome a lot in his life and has maintained the ability to stay focused on his goals. Before it is all said and done, he may go down as one of the best to play the position. I am thankful that our organization has realized Pat is one of the core pieces to this puzzle, and I am excited for our community, fans, coaches and players that we will have Pat here for a very long time."
The heart and soul of the 49ers' defense, the 6-1, 240-pound Willis is a two-time first-team All-Pro and has been one of the league's most dominant linebackers since he was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, in '07. Since that time, he has become one of the surest tacklers in the NFL, leading all players with 467 tackles (9.7 per game), according to league rankings.
Willis has not missed a game during his professional career, starting 48 consecutive contests and leading the 49ers in tackles in each of his three NFL seasons. He has registered nine sacks, four interceptions, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 29 passes defensed and 584 tackles, according to 49ers coaching records. A demon in pass coverage, Willis leads all NFL linebackers with 18 passes defensed, since 2008.
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