49ers give special teams star Spillman three-year extension

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers have signed safety C.J. Spillman to a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season, another move to keep the secondary intact for the reigning NFC West champions.

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Spillman has become a reliable tackler on special teams since the 49ers claimed him off waivers Oct. 12, 2010. Last season, Spillman tied for second in the NFL with 14 special teams tackles. He is part of a secondary also featuring safety Dashon Goldson, who received the franchise tag Friday.

San Francisco made the Spillman announcement Tuesday, though Spillman tweeted Feb. 24 that he was staying put with the Niners, saying: "Well Ladies and Gents looks as if I'm back in the Bay! Can't wait to get back to work and get going."

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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