When the San Francisco 49ers drafted T Anthony Davis with the 11th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, no one was happier than me. He was a young talent on the rise, and had the athleticism and size to be a cornerstone of the offensive line for years to come. However, as with most things, Davis had a learning curve he needed to develop and has quickly evolved into one of the best right tackles in the game today.
According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL Network, the 6’5″ 323 pound tackle agreed to a five-year, $37.295 million extension that will keep him in San Francisco through 2019 a source told Albert Breer. The deal according to Breer includes $17 million in guarantees. This could be a sign of things to come as the 49ers will need to lock up G Mike Iupati, WR Michael Crabtree, OLB Aldon Smith, and of course QB Colin Kaepernick.
Davis’ contract indicates that the 49ers had the option to re-sign departed free-agent FS Dashon Goldson, however they valued right tackle more and thus Davis was given a lucrative contract. Davis is an absolute mauler in the run game, and has improved dramatically in pass protection after being moved to the right side.
With a pay raise comes scrutiny, so Davis better live up to those lofty expectations, otherwise the Forever Faithful will be questioning the move. And if I had to take a guess, I believe he will.