SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Heading into the 2022 season, all three San Francisco 49ers specialists were set to be unrestricted free agents after this season. Not anymore.
The Niners announced on Friday that they have signed punter Mitch Wishnowsky to a four-year contract extension that will keep him in San Francisco through the 2026 season. The extension is worth up to $13 million, sources tell Adam Schefter from ESPN.
Wishnowsky was originally a fourth-round selection (No. 110 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft. In more than three seasons with the team, he played in 50 games, averaging 41.2 yards by punt with 72 punts in the opposing 20.
In 2021, he earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 2 and NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September.
Last month, general manager John Lynch said the team was considering possible extensions with players slated to become free agents after the season. Wishnowsky is the first to sign a longer pact since Niners extended receiver Deebo Samuel on July 31.
Kicker Robbie Gould and long snapper Taybor Pepper are still slated to become unrestricted free agents in 2023.
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