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49ers sign C Kilgore to 3-year deal

— The Sports Xchange —

The San Francisco 49ers prevented center Daniel Kilgore from entering the free-agent market by re-signing him to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season, the team announced Wednesday.

“We are really happy to come to an agreement on a contract extension with Dan before free agency,” said 49ers general manager John Lynch in a statement. “He is very much a leader of this team, and his hard work and commitment to our success provide a great example for our young team. When you come across players who love the game like Dan you do your best to keep them in your building.”

In 2017, Kilgore, 30, started all 16 games at center for the 49ers. He was named the winner of the team’s Bobb McKittrick Award, which is given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best represents the courage, intensity and sacrifice displayed by the longtime offensive line coach.

Selected by the 49ers in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Appalachian State, Kilgore has appeared in 74 regular-season games, including 39 starts, and six postseason contests during his seven-year career.

Kilgore has started each of the 49ers’ last 32 regular-season games.