The San Francisco 49ers and Anthony Davis have agreed a five-year contract extension that will keep the stud right tackle a member of the Niners through 2019. The deal is worth $37.295 million, with $17 million in guarantees.
It is just the first of many pieces that the 49ers will need to lock up for the long-term success of their franchise.
The Davis deal could be the first piece of a much larger contract puzzle for the 49ers, especially with Iupati, receiver Michael Crabtree, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick all due to become free agents in the same year Davis would have hit the market: 2015. Linebacker Aldon Smith will become a free agent in 2016.
As a practical matter, the 49ers need to be ready to sign their core players sooner rather than later. After 2013, both Kaepernick and Smith will be eligible for long-term deals — and it’s safe to say both will want them. Especially since both players were drafted in the first year of the current rookie wage scale, which in Smith’s case resulted in a far lesser contract than he would have gotten if he’d been the seventh overall pick one year earlier.
The 49ers are one of the most loaded teams in the league and this latest move ensures they will continue heading towards a Super Bowl appearance.