Gragg Re-signs- 03/04/2001
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The 49ers and offensive tackle Scott Gragg have finally come to terms on a contract. The deal reached late on Tuesday evening is worth sixteen million eight-hundred-thousand over six seasons with what is believed to be a two million signing bonus and will make Gragg thirty-five when it expires. Gragg came to the 49ers as a free agent last season after being released by the Giants after the 1999 season.

Gragg, a 6'8", 325 lbs mammoth played all sixteen games with the 49ers, including the final two with an injured leg. Gragg the atypical offensive lineman for the 49ers has proved that you don't have to be fast to play on a West Coast Offense, offensive line. He has learned to play in the system extremely well and used this knowledge to benefit both the passing and running offenses last season. He was also part of a line that protected the quarterback better than the vast majority of NFL teams.

Steve Mariucci has been a big advocator to keep Gragg. He had this to say prior to the signing: "Keeping him around is a pretty big key for us. It would hold together a line that is continuing to develop and would help to stabilize the position." Gragg wanted to remain a 49er, and despite drawing interested form several other teams, chose to work things out with San Francisco.

Bringing Gragg back will most definitely benefit the 49ers run game that is up in the air, with Charlie Garner's contract demands still out of reach for the 49ers. The signing also gives the 49ers a little more flexibility in the draft as they now don't need to find a starter for the offensive line, rather just need to add depth.

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