Three-year extension includes $1.5 million signing bonus

Updated: September 2, 2003, 8:02 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The San Francisco 49ers reached a three-year extension Friday with backup quarterback Tim Rattay that will keep him in the organization through the 2006 season. Rattay, 26, was a restricted free agent with a $605,000 salary who would have been an unrestricted free agent after the season. He will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus. The three-year extension is for $4.8 million. "We wanted to stabilize our quarterback position for the next several years," 49ers general manager Terry Donahue said. "We anticipate that Jeff Garcia will be around for two, three or four more years, but we wanted to make sure if he's not playing, we had Tim. Tim has been in the organization for four years. He knows our offense. He knows where to go with the ball. He knows how to run the team without a huddle." Rattay, who is 6 feet and 200 pounds, was a seventh-round choice out of Louisiana Tech in 2000. He's throwing 46 passes as a backup, but Garcia hasn't been injured to a point where they needed Rattay as a starter. "Tim is very cool," Donahue said. "We just think Tim is too good a player to let go after this season. Jeff is our guy at quarterback, but we had Tim and we didn't want to lose him."

John Clayton

NFL senior writer

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