Bruce Miller signed an extension with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. The deal is reportedly for three years and, according to Bill Williamson of ESPN.com, will place Miller among the highest-paid fullbacks in the league–which would mean approximately $2 million a year.
Though extending a fullback may not be quite as exciting as a new contract with Jim Harbaugh or Colin Kaepernick, this deal was vital nonetheless. It also goes to show the 49ers’ philosophy on offense–one that has been shaped more or less by Harbaugh. Miller is extremely versatile and was dearly missed in the 49ers’ offensive attack this past season when he went down to injury. The 49ers’ love placing him in various positions all over the field–Miller was the teams’ 3rd-leading receiver when he broke his scapula–but also value his blocking ability extremely highly. This is a team that, after all, still uses the 2-back set quite extensively.
The 49ers have a fairly solid team for this year. Trent Baalke‘s job, as he is showing with Miller’s deal, is to figure out who to keep and who to let go in the coming years. Do not be surprised if you hear about more extensions in the coming days, weeks, and months. Hopefully Harbaugh will get one of them.