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‘Fred Warner brings the leadership, energy our defense, team feed off’ – Marin Independent Journal

Fred Warner’s five-year contract extension became official Thursday, and 49ers general manager John Lynch ushered it in with a not-so-subtle message.

“Now it’s time to go to work,” Lynch said to cap a statement announcing Warner’s five-year deal.

After Warner’s three-year ascent to All-Pro status, he reports Tuesday for his fourth training camp, and with as much as $95 million coming his way with his new deal.

“We’re extremely excited to have completed a long-term contract extension with Fred prior to the start of training camp,” Lynch’s statement read. “Fred brings the type of leadership and energy every day that our defense and team feeds off.

“He earned this extension through hard work, discipline, and the professional way he goes about his business. We look forward to watching him continue to play at an elite level for us well into the future.”

The 49ers open their season Sept. 12 at Detroit.

Warner, who’s yet to speak with the media since agreeing to his new deal, expressed gratitude to those who’ve helped in his path, including going from Mission Hills High in his native San Marcos to BYU to the 49ers as a 2018 third-round draft pick.

“Wow,” Warner tweeted Thursday morning. “Honored and blessed to remain Faithful for years to come!! Thank you to Jed (York, 49ers CEO), John (Lynch), Paraag (Marathe, 49ers’ executive vice president), Kyle (Shanahan, 49ers’ coach) and everyone for believing in me and allowing me this opportunity.

“I thank EVERYONE who’s helped bring me to this point in my career. We’re only getting started. Go Niners.”

York echoed that line and tweeted congratulations while noting “it’s only the beginning,” even though Warner played a key role in the 49ers’ push to the Super Bowl as a second-year starter.

His father, Fred Warner Sr., replied to York’s tweet by noting: “Thank you for believing in my son Mr. York. Now time to win a championship!”


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