Today the San Francisco 49ers announced that they have signed NT Ian Williams to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season. Williams, an undrafted free-agent out of Notre Dame has been with the 49ers organization since signing with the team for the 2011 season. Through two seasons with the team, Williams has registered seven tackles in four games. The deal is one that GM Trent Baalke is pleased with saying:
We are very pleased to extend the contract of a young, talented player like Ian. He will have the opportunity to continue to grow in our defense, and we look forward to his future development. Paraag and Drew deserve credit for working hard to put this deal together.
The extension of Williams could signal the end of current free-agents NT Isaac Sopoaga and/or NT Ricky Jean-Francois as both of those players will command a significant amount of interest once free-agency opens up tomorrow. Especially Jean-Francois, who has been rumored to be of interest to the Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, and Kansas City Chiefs.
If both of those players do in fact depart, Baalke was wise to lock up Williams as an insurance policy, as he will be the next man up under 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s 3-4 scheme at nose tackle.