49ers sign P Mitch Wishnowsky to a four-year extension

The San Francisco 49ers’ punter P Mitch Wishnowsky has successfully cracked the code to a flabbergasting contract extension. Both the entities reached an agreement on Friday and the contract’s financial details have not yet been made public. Wishnowsky was in the penultimate year of his rookie deal, but he is now under the team’s command till 2026.

The 49ers drafted Utah’s Wishnowsky in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft. After placing in the middle of the pack in all categories as a rookie, Mitch was eighth in return percentage and was 11th in kicks inside the 20 in 2020. He received a second four-year contract due to his development over his three plus seasons. With regard to the remaining specialists, the 49ers must now make choices.

In the 49ers’ season opener in Chicago, Wishnowsky placed three of his four punts within the 20-yard line, and only one of his four punts was returned. His 29 punts inside the 20-yard line during the 2017 NFL season tied for 10th place, and his 32.4 percent return percentage was the second-lowest in the league.

Wishnowsky was among the 35 punters who attempted at least one punt per game last season, ranking 16th in terms of the proportion of his kicks that kept opponents inside their 20, 22nd in terms of average yards per punt, and 18th in terms of average net yards per punt. Opponents, however, only managed the eighth-lowest return yards per punt against Wishnowsky’s kicks.

Over the previous few years, Wishnowsky has been among the league’s lowest paid punters. This season, he is earning a base salary of $965,000 with a cap hit of little over $1.15 million. Michael Dickson, a punter for the Seahawks, presently earns more than $3.6 million annually thanks to his mammoth contract. Nevertheless, Wishnowsky’s new contract is expected to have an average yearly value of between $1.5 million and $3 million.

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