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49ers Restructure Deese’s Contract

February 14, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Offensive tackle Derrick Deese has agreed to a five-year, $16.6 million contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers.

Deese, a nine-year veteran who has been with San Francisco longer than any player except Jerry Rice, will receive a $2.8 million signing bonus and a $500,000 base salary this season, the team said.

While the extension was a reward for Deese’s solid play on the 49ers’ offensive line last season, the deal also was done to reduce Deese’s base salary for next season. He was scheduled to make $1.5 million under his previous contract.

Last week, coach Steve Mariucci said the 49ers were approximately $15 million over the NFL’s $67.4 million salary cap. Deese was among several veterans targeted for contract restructuring or release for the 49ers to fit under the salary cap by March 2.

Rice and linebackers Ken Norton Jr. and Winfred Tubbs are expected to be released. Receiver Terrell Owens, defensive lineman Bryant Young and tight end Greg Clark are among those who likely will have their contracts restructured.

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