The story of San Francisco 49ers RG Andrew Tiller this season has been well documented. Back on Sept. 23, I wrote an article as to why Tiller should be the unquestioned starter instead of RG Jordan Devey before the team finally promoted him to the active roster 17 days later.
Why the team waited so long is beyond me. A move that should have been made weeks earlier, Tiller has since been one of the lone bright spots along the team’s shaky offensive line.
In his first live action against the New York Giants, the 2012 sixth-round pick (No. 179) played extremely well as he told me he was both ‘humbled and hungry’ by the recent success.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) October 14, 2015
A player who just needed an opportunity, as he as he was hit by the injury bug in 2012 with a left torn triceps injury while playing for the New Orleans Saints and then a grade-2 right calf-injury last year with the Green Bay Packers, the road to success was never an easy one for the Queens, New York native.
— Jerod Brown (@jerodbrown62) December 16, 2015
Now, as he prepares for his fourth consecutive start, many Forever Faithful are starting to catch on that Tiller is indeed the real deal. In fact, so is Pro Football Focus as they currently rank him as the No. 4 best guard in the NFL since Week 6.
I went on CBS Sports Radio on Thursday saying the players wanted RG Andrew Tiller to start. 49ers promote him to active roster today. #SpotSakamoto #ForeverFaithful #NinerFans #49ers A video posted by Ryan Sakamoto ? (@sakamotoryan_) on
I sat down with Tiller this afternoon and asked if he heard the news about being ranked as a top five guard by PFF. “I had no idea, that’s pretty cool. I’m just here doing my job.” Tiller said.
Tiller who is scheduled to become a restricted free-agent after next season told me that he wants to return. “Yeah man. I want to be back.”
Why 49ers GM Trent Baalke is taking so long to ink a contract extension for a player who is clearly on the rise is mind-boggling! A cheaper alternative than G Alex Boone who is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free-agent, the signing of Tiller is clearly the better option as he has proven himself week in and week out.
With the 49ers looking to shore up the offensive line this off-season, it would be a wise investment to lock up Tiller long-term, as he has proven his worth in more ways than one. And while he is under contract via next season — the price tag may rise as Tiller continues to prove his doubters wrong.
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