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San Francisco 49ers Sign Punter Andy Lee to Six-Year Contract Extension


In the last eight seasons 49ers punter Andy Lee has kicked every punt, held every field goal and extra-point attempt in the regular season and playoffs.  Lee was drafted out of the sixth-round in 2004 and since then he has become one of the best punters in the NFL.

In the 128-games Lee has played for the 49ers he holds the team record in punts downed inside the 20-yard line (209), gross average (45.7 yards) and net average (38.9 yard).  Lee, a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, was rewarded for his efforts with a six-year contract extension.  The 49ers punter was in the last year of his contract.

 

Andy Lee:

They did a good job signing other guys to just keep this team intact so we can make a run at the Super Bowl (this season).  It makes me feel really good and makes me feel respected by this team and organization.

 

During the 49ers decade of decline in the 2000’s, Lee was at times the best player on the roster and helped an anemic offense make up for constant three-and-outs with deep punts inside opponents territory.  Signing Lee to a long-term contract is smart and a no-brainer.  The move keeps Lee with the 49ers through 2018.

The terms of the deal was not released, however, Lee’s contract is expected to make him one of the highest-paid punters in the NFL.

 

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