The 49ers began their quest to keep their 2011 team together on Thursday by locking up restricted free agent C.J. Spillman to a three-year deal. Spillman's agent, Ron Slavin, said the contract was for $6 million, including $1.8 million in the first year. CSN Bay Area first reported the deal.
Spillman was one of the team's top special teams players the last two seasons, and the 49ers are interested in grooming him as a backup safety behind current starters Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner. Goldson is an unrestricted free agent who is looking for a multi-year deal. Spillman played more special teams snaps (68.7 percent) than anyone else on the team, and he also was in on 16 defensive snaps during the season.
Slavin also represents cornerback Tramaine Brock, who is expected to sign a $540,000 exclusive-rights deal in March. The team has not yet begun negotiating with another restricted free agent, linebacker Larry Grant.
-- Matt Barrows