49ers re-sign Trent Williams to massive 6-year extension

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

The SF 49ers just locked away their top free agent, Trent Williams, with a huge contract.

Well, it’s finally happened.

Veteran eft tackle Trent Williams made his choice in free agency and he’s decided he’s headed back to the Bay Area with the San Francisco 49ers.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini broke the news on Twitter, reporting that Williams has signed a mammoth six-year, $138 million extension:

With most of the guarantee as a signing bonus, it allows the Niners a bit of extra salary cap room thanks to the genius of 49ers contract wizard Paraag Marathe.

Currently, details are not yet known on how this deal will be structured from year to year. The Niners have been active in making moves in saving cap space, and this will cut into a healthy chunk of that alongside the extensions of cornerback Jason Verrett and fullback Kyle Juszczyk.

After coming over on a draft-day trade with Washington back last offseason, Williams didn’t lose a step in 2020 with Pro Football Focus honoring him with the Bruce Matthews Award for best offensive lineman.

He anchored the left side of the offensive line with intensity and skill, being elite in pass blocking and somehow even better in the run game. The 49ers had former left tackle Joe Staley for a Canton-worthy career for a long time and somehow managed to upgrade at the position.

It’s a long contract for a 32 year old, but Williams hasn’t regressed yet and most of his guaranteed money will be coming this year via the aforementioned signing bonus when he’s still ready to go. This is a good deal.

The NFC West is absolutely the best division in football with every single team talented and ready to make a run for the division title. Signing Williams was Priority No. 1 for San Francisco, and doing so has kept the team well in the hunt in this competitive division.

Hopefully enough to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season.

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