49ers extend Willis' deal for five years

Updated: May 6, 2010, 12:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis has developed into an NFL star under Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, and the San Francisco 49ers coach expects his top defender to become better than he ever was.

Willis is a big deal to San Francisco -- and he earned himself a big new deal because of it.

The standout inside linebacker signed a $50 million, five-year contract extension with the Niners on Tuesday that takes him through the 2016 season and includes $29 ...

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