The 49ers inked guard Laken Tomlinson to a three year contract extension which will take him through the 2021 season. Tomlinson, who the 49ers acquired in a trade from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick shortly before the start of last season, has clearly been earmarked as a starter at the guard position for the team moving forward.
In the statement the 49ers released to announce the signing, General Manager John Lynch stated, “Laken is a very talented player who has improved consistently since joining the team one week before last year’s season opener. This offseason, his hard work and dedication paid off as he continued to progress and performed at a high level. We were confident we could work out a contract extension with Laken and we are fired up to get that done before training camp.”
Tomlinson, a former first round pick who flamed out in his first home, appears to have satisfied the faith shown in him by the 49ers and the man who selected him in 2015, Martin Mayhew. Per PFF’s Jeff Deeney, Tomlinson graded out as a top ten guard in the final five games of the season with Jimmy Garoppolo under centre.
— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) June 22, 2018
These performances earned him a three year, $18 million extension (with $10 million guaranteed) which makes Tomlinson the 25th highest paid guard in the league in average salary, and pays him considerably less per year than the one year fifth-year option the 49ers declined, which would have cost $9.625 million. Now the team has locked up their man, ensuring some continuity on a line that returns only two starters from last season and hopefully ensuring the 49ers benefit from Tomlinson in his prime years.