Posted: 11:47 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013
By David Fucillo
Pro Football Talk is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Ian Williams on a two year, $3.2 million contract extension. The 49ers do not report deals until they have been signed and approved by the NFL, but PFT is reporting a source indicates the deal is done. (Fooch's update: The 49ers have made it official)
The 49ers signed Williams to a three-year deal in 2011 as an undrafted free agent following the close of the NFL lockout. Williams was considered one of the better undrafted free agents at the time. Williams earned a spot on the 53-man roster out of training camp, but was inactive for 14 games as a rookie. He saw action in one game and was active but sidelined for another game. In 2012 Williams was active for three games.
The 49ers have question marks at nose tackle with Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois both sitting as free agents. We have been trying to figure out how the 49ers would handle the nose tackle position if one or both left. The Williams extension does not guarantee he is the guy they have in mind to fill that role full-time, but you know he will get an opportunity to earn that job in training camp. The question is who the team brings in to compete with Williams.