Tank Carradine's "excellent progress" in transitioning to outside linebacker has earned him a one-year contract extension, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke announced Tuesday in a statement.
Carradine slodged through the past two seasonsas a backup defensive tackle. After dropping 30 pounds and moving to outside linebacker, he will be counted on to pick up the pass-rush slack as Aaron Lynch serves a four-game suspension.
Carradine received a $1.25 million signing bonus, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
"Tank is a hard-working, dedicated player who is making excellent progress in his transition from DE to OLB," Baalke said. "We look forward to his continued development and contributions to our organization."
Carradine was the first of seven players Baalke has drafted that were coming off anterior cruciate ligament tears. Only Carradine (2013, second round) and Keith Reaser (2014, fifth round) remain on the roster.
Carradine and Eli Harold likely will rotate in place of Lynch while Ahmad Brooks mans the other outside linebacker roleunder new defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil.
Carradine has four career sacks in 23 games (one start) since 2014. He missed his rookie year recovering from his knee injury at Florida State.
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