49ers re-sign Ian Williams

The San Francisco 49ers have retained nose tackle Ian Williams on a new deal before free asgency. It's a five-year contract. Williams has emerged as an important performer in the middle of the 49ers' defense, which lost linebacker Patrick Willis to retirement last March followed by Chris Borland and veteran defensive end Justin Smith. Aldon Smith also was released, then joined the Oakland Raiders before being hit with a yearlong suspension. Williams had 65 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble last year during a 5-11 season. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for the Houston Chronicle.
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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