Left guard Laken Tomlinson has been resigned by the San Francisco 49ers to a 3-year deal worth up to $18 million with $10 million guaranteed. The former 2015 first round pick was acquired from the Detroit Lions last year, in exchange for a 2019 fifth round pick.
General manager for the 49ers John Lynch, made this statement, according to sources:
“Laken is a very talented player who has improved consistently since joining the team one week before last year’s season opener. This offseason, his hard work and dedication paid off as he continued to progress and performed at a high level. We were confident we could work out a contract extension with Laken and we are fired up to get that done before training camp.”
Although only missing one game last season for the 49ers, Tomlinson accumulated five penalties, 39 penalty yards, six opponent sacks, and 43 opponent sack yards per Fox Sports. With a career total of 14 sacks given up, Tomlinson averages approximately 4.5 sacks a season (4.66 to be precise). He is currently graded as the 38th ranked player at his position, per Pro Football Focus.
Last year, Tomlinson tied teammate Brandon Fusco for most sacks given up. This perhaps may not leave a great impression for some. Nevertheless, it is clear to see that the 49ers value Tomlinson’s ability to be on the offensive line according to John Lynch’s statement aforementioned.
One of the 49ers’ primary goals for the upcoming season was to provide protection for their franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The organization has addressed these goals through the draft and this contract extension.
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