49ers sign key partner for Jimmy Garoppolo: his trusted center
SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo gave center Daniel Kilgore a hearty endorsement as the 49ers season came to a close, and the 49ers gave Kilgore a three-year contract extension Wednesday to keep him from testing free agency.
“He is very much a leader of this team, and his hard work and commitment to our success provide a great example for our young team,” general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “When you come across players who love the game like Dan you do your best to keep them in your building.”
Kilgore, 30, won the team’s Bobb McKittrick Award last season for the first time in his seven seasons, an honor bestowed upon the offensive linemen that exemplifies the courage, intensity and sacrifice of the team’s former offensive line coach.
“There’s a special relationship between the center and quarterback. We spend so much time together,” Garoppolo said Jan. 1. “Me and him got on the same page almost instantly when I got here. … We complement each other very well.”
Kilgore returned from offseason hamstring surgery to start every game last season, snapping the ball in the process to three different quarterbacks, including Garoppolo, who went 5-0 as their starter and developed solid chemistry with Kilgore.
Kilgore was a 2011 fifth-round draft pick out of Appalachian State. He took over as the 49ers starting center in 2014.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports