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Report: 49ers sign Kyle Nelson, Garrett Celek to new deals

The 49ers have signed two of their restricted free agents to contract extensions. According to ESPN, longsnapper Kyle Nelson has signed a four-year deal while tight end Garrett Celek has a one-year deal.

Terms of the contracts weren’t disclosed, but they likely are for less than the $1.542 million for the lowest level tender for a restricted free agent.

Nelson beat out incumbent longsnapper Kevin McDermott with a strong preseason that included a couple of touchdowns while playing tight end. Celek, meanwhile, missed most of the 2014 season with a back injury but was able to come back and play in three late contests, catching two passes for 53 yards, before injuring his ankle and going on injured reserve.

The 49ers have a third restricted free agent, running back Phillip Tanner. It’s unknown how they will proceed with him.

The team also tendered their two exclusive rights free agents, defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie and linebacker Michael Wilhoite. Both played big roles for the team in 2014 with Jerod-Eddie starting two games at left defensive end after Ray McDonald was cut and Wilhoite starting all 16 games at “Jack” inside linebacker.

At least two teams have inquired about trading for Wilhoite, who likely would be behind NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis and Chris Borland on the depth chart this season.

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