Eric Heitmann, who was the second lowest paid starting center in the league last season, has signed a contract extension, according to Pro Football Talk. Heitmann had an outstanding offseason and was named one the 49ers' team captains before the season. He also received praise from offensive coordinator Mike Martz early in the season.
The team was unsure about Heitmann entering the season. He broke his leg late in 2006 and wasn't back to form early in 2007. That's a main reason why the team drafted Cody Wallace in the fourth round this season. Wallace is the only rookie who has been inactive every game this season. Heitmann, 28, is now signed through the 2011 season.
-- Matt Barrows