According to CSN Bay Area the San Francisco 49ers have re-signed their first player of the off-season, defensive back C.J. Spillman, to a three-year contract extension. The deal is worth $6 million with $1.8 million guaranteed. Spillman was not a starter and looking at his stats in 2011 you would think he is not much value to the 49ers. On defense he came on the field mainly in goal-line situations which explains him only have 18 tackles last season. However, Spillman’s true value to the 49ers is on special teams.
Spillman showed he was the best player on punt and kick return coverage recording 19 special-teams tackles in 2011. This alone is reason enough to bring him back and reward him with a contract extension, after being cut by the San Diego Chargers mid-way through the 2010 season. The 49ers had one of the best special teams in the NFL last season that put them in position to win multiple games. Spillman has great speed and aggression on special team’s coverage. In the playoff game against the Saints, Spillman recorded two tackles on special teams. The average drive started at the 17-yard line for the Saints offense after a kickoff, which helped in limiting the damage done by Drew Brees.