The 49ers have signed center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year extension, the club announced Thursday.
Kilgore had one year remaining on the original four-year, $2.2 million contract he signed with the 49ers after the club traded up in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft to select him. He is now signed through the 2017 season.
"We are pleased to extend the contract of a talented, young player like Dan,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “This move is another example of our philosophy to extend the contracts of our own young players.”
With veteran center Jonathan Goodwin scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, Kilgore becomes the favorite to take over as the team’s starter next season. Goodwin started every game the past three seasons for the 49ers.
Kilgore has never started a game. He took part in 84 snaps on offense last season, mostly as an extra blocker in short-yardage situations.