Tank Carradine dropped 30 pounds to make the unconventional switch from defensive tackle to outside linebacker. Now, the 49ers are rewarding him.
The 49ers signed Carradine to a one-year extension that features a signing bonus of at least $1 million, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch.
Carradine’s three-year career up to this point has been quite intriguing. A 2013 second-round pick, Carradine missed his entire rookie season while recovering from an ACL injury sustained during his collegiate career. He recorded 17 total tackles in nine games in 2014 before making the switch to outside linebacker last season.
That move has clearly made Carradine more valuable. He recorded 22 total tackles and a sack last season and now could be poised to progress even further at his new position this season.
“We’ve been really pleased with that transition,” coach Chip Kelly said, according to Branch. “He played some defensive end before and was an interior pass rusher, but having him on his feet and playing outside linebacker, I think he’s taken to it.”
Carradine took to it during the preseason as well, recording 10 tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hits during exhibition play. That preseason explosion could bode well for San Francisco’s defense, which desperately lacks playmakers.