Michael Wilhoite inks one-year tender, favorite to be Bowman’s replacement

AP

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The San Francisco 49ers announced today that ILB Michael Wilhoite officially signed his one-year tender for the 2014 season. Wilhoite, an exclusive rights free-agent, was limited in the amount of teams that would consider him and as a result inked his one-year contract worth $570,000. A nice special-teams ace with the versatility to add depth at the inside linebacker position, there is no question that Wilhoite is the odds on favorite to win the starting inside linebacker spot as ILB NaVorro Bowman recovers from his torn MCL and ACL.

Wilhoite started two games last season for the then injured ILB Patrick Willis and played admirably, as he recorded 20 tackles (two tackles for loss), and one pass break-up. Wilhoite finished the 2013 season with a career-high 34 tackles. Originally an undrafted rookie free-agent in 2012, Wilhoite has definitely earned his stripes as he has proven to be an invaluable piece to the 49ers linebackers unit.

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