The 49ers announced Friday morning they have signed guard Laken Tomlinson to a three-year contract extension through 2021.
Here’s a statement about Tomlinson from 49ers general manager John Lynch: “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.”
This extension surprises me. Tomlinson has started 39 games in the NFL — we know what he is. He’s one of the worst starting guards in the NFL. The 49ers traded a 2019 fifth-round draft pick to the Lions for him last year — they gave up on him, as they should have.
Coming into the offseason, I thought the 49ers’ plan was to play Jonathan Cooper at left guard, and Joshua Garnett at right guard. Now, it’s clear the 49ers planned to keep Tomlinson at left guard the whole time. Alarming.