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49ers ink Jaquiski Tartt to two-year extension

Jaquiski Tartt is locked into a strong safety role that puts a premium on both his versatility and prodigious thump.
Jaquiski Tartt is locked into a strong safety role that puts a premium on both his versatility and prodigious thump. Sacramento Bee file

The 49ers on Friday signed safety Jaquiski Tartt, one of the few holdovers from the Trent Baalke era, to a two-year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2020 season.

Tartt, a second-round draft pick in 2015, emerged as the starter at strong safety until a broken forearm in Week 9 ended his season. He had been due to become a free agent in March.

“Since we arrived last year, Jaquiski has impressed us with his play, his work ethic and the kind of teammate he is,” general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “We believe he’s a natural fit in our defensive system, and his abilities will allow him to flourish. It is always exciting when we are able to extend our own young players like Jaquiski who are dedicated to their craft, this team and our community.”

Tartt, 26, is on track to start at strong safety this season. The free safety spot could come down to Adrian Colbert, a seventh-round selection last year, and Jimmie Ward, a first rounder in 2014 who was Tartt's high-school teammate in Mobile, Ala. Ward, who is entering the final year of his contract, will play cornerback in the spring but could be brought into the safety mix in the summer.

Tartt and Ward are two of just nine draft pick taken by former general manager Baalke who are still with the 49ers. The others are Arik Armstead, Ronald Blair, DeForest Buckner, Aaron Burbridge, Joshua Garnett, Eli Harold and Bradley Pinion

A tenth, Trent Brown, was traded to the New England Patriots earlier on Friday.

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