The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced that they have signed interior offensive lineman Mike Person to a three-year extension. The deal, as reported by ESPN, is worth $9 million over its life.
Person, 30, agreed to the contract ahead of his free agency, which was set to start next week.
A former seventh-round pick, Person started all 16 games last season despite suffering a foot injury in the season opener, and played through it for most of his second stint with San Francisco.
“Mike earned the respect of everyone in our building,” Lynch said. “Aside from his toughness and durability, he brings tremendous versatility to our offensive line, and we look forward to his contributions to the growth and development of that unit. Mike is exactly the type of person and competitor we look for, and we are very happy to have gotten this extension done.”
A seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2011, Person spent time with four teams from 2012-17, including Seattle, St. Louis, Atlanta and Indianapolis, and spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs (never seeing game action) before finally heading to San Francisco, to the team that drafted him.
While with the Falcons, Person crossed paths with the man who would become his head coach in the Bay, Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator at the time. He signed with Shanahan when he and Lynch took over before the 2017 season, during which he played 12 games, and started four.
San Francisco’s primary backup at center this season, Person started the entire year at right guard, passing up 2016 first-round pick Josh Garnett, who has not started since his rookie year, and had thumb surgery in the middle of the season. At the Combine, Shanahan expressed hopes that Garnett would find his way back into the lineup.
Person’s signing means that San Francisco brings back its entire offensive line next season, and can now turn its focus to finding a pass rusher, either through the draft or in free agency.