The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday they have signed punter Mitch Wishnowsky to a four-year extension through the 2026 season. Wishnowsky was in the final year of his rookie contract.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the new deal has a max value of $13 million and will pay the 49ers punter just under $3 million per year.
Wishnowsky was originally selected by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Over the past four seasons, he has appeared in 50 games and registered 179 punts for 7,423 yards and an average of 41.2 yards per punt, while pinning 72 of his punts inside the 20-yard line. He also kicked off 214 times for 112 touchbacks. Wishnowsky has appeared in six postseason contests and added 22 punts for 894 net yards and a net average of 40.6 yards per punt, with 10 of his punts landing inside the 20-yard line.
In 2021, Wishnowsky appeared in all 17 games and registered 57 punts for 2,310 yards and an average of 40.5 yards per punt, while pinning 21 of his punts inside the 20-yard line. Wishnowsky earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week Two and NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in September.
A 30-year-old native of Perth, Australia, Wishnowsky attended the University of Utah where he played three seasons after transferring from Santa Barbara City College in 2014. In three seasons with the Utes, he appeared in 40 games and registered 175 punts for 8,004 yards (45.7 average), while pinning 74 of his punts inside the 20-yard line. He also kicked off 68 times for 45 touchbacks.
George Kittle (groin) returned to practice on Friday. The tight end is listed as questionable for Sunday. According to Kyle Shanahan, Kittle is doing better than he was last week and will be a game time decision.
The only other injury concern for San Francisco is offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill. He has been ruled out for Sunday with a hamstring injury.