The return of nose tackle Ian Williams was one of the few bright spots in a dismal 2015 season for the San Francisco 49ers.
Now, he'll be a highlight of their offseason, too, agreeing to a five-year deal to stay in the Bay Area, according to multiple reports.
DT Ian Williams has agreed to return to the #Niners on a 5-year deal, source said. Big move by SF before free agency begins— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
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Ian Williams has agreed to return to the niners on a 5 year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Ian Williams agrees to stay with 49ers https://t.co/zhdLMZ2HK2— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 9, 2016
Williams, 26, joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2011, after a standout career at Notre Dame.
He played sparingly his first two years with the team but became a starter in 2013, only to see his season end early because of a broken ankle. In 2014, he started nine games before suffering a broken leg.
But Williams, who was tabbed as one of the team captains, started all 16 games in 2015 and finished with 65 tackles and a sack.