Brock: 'I just play my technique, use my speed and my quickness'
SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Tramaine Brock and the 49ers on Friday signed a four-year, $14 million contract extension that includes a $3.75 million signing bonus, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Brock, who leads the 49ers with four interceptions, will make his first career start Monday night when the 49ers face Washington in place of Tarell Brown, who is out indefinitely with a ribs injury. The 49ers later announced the extension but did not reveal the contract's terms.
“Tramaine is a great example of what hard work and dedication can lead to,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “He has taken advantage of his opportunities since signing with our team as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has certainly earned this extension. Extending the contracts of our young and talented players has always been, and will continue to be, one of our primary goals.”
Brock originally received a $500 signing bonus in April 2010 to sign with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent. This season, he signed a one-year tender as a restricted free agent for $1.323 million.
Brock, 25, a fourth-year player from Belhaven, has played well in seven games after taking over for Nnamdi Asomugha as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback. He was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, against the Houston Texans on Oct. 6.
In 2011, Brock opened the season as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback. He recorded interceptions in his first two games before missing time with a hand injury. Chris Culliver replaced him, and Brock did not get his job back until this season when Asomugha left the lineup with a knee injury. After Brock took over as the No. 3 cornerback, the 49ers released Asomugha.
On Monday, Brock will be on the field as a starter.
When asked about that change of roles for Brock, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the biggest adjustment will be remaining on the field for every down.
"I think the change comes in that he went from not playing to being in the nickel, which is a part-time job where you’re in and out and you usually get a break of at least two or three plays or longer depending on the game you’re in," Fangio said. "And now the change comes, it’s amped up another level. He’s in there every play.
"He’s just got to be ready to play every play not knowing he’s got built in breaks when we’re in base like he had for the first however many games he was playing. There is a change, but it’s just got to be a mental adjustment for him.”
Brock's contract extension indicates that the club views him as a starter next season. It's a contract similar to what the 49ers were believed to be willing to pay Brown, who is in the final year of his contract. Brown unknowingly forfeited a $2 million escalator in his salary this season when he skipped the team's offseason program. The 49ers have expressed a desire to "make it right."
When asked for an update Brown's contract situation with the 49ers, Baalke told 95.7 The Game, "Still in discussion with them, still working through the process."