The 49ers have already announced the new deal for Tomlinson that will keep him under team control through the 2021 season.
“Laken is a very talented player who has improved consistently since joining the team one week before last year’s season opener,” said 49ers GM John Lynch. “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.”
This is an interesting move, considering that San Francisco declined to pick up Tomlinson’s fifth-year option for the 2019 season a few months ago. It would have cost the 49ers $9,625,000 for the 2019 season under the fifth-year option.
Tomlinson, 26, is a former first-round pick out of Duke by the Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $8.55 million rookie contract that included $6.949 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $1,600,944 for 2018.
The 49ers acquired him from the Lions in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick.
In 2017, Tomlinson appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 32 guard out of 77 qualifying players.