You know it’s the offseason when the only “football” on the 30-plus televisions in the NFL Network newsroom is the press conference for Patrick Willis’ contract extension with the 49ers.
The 49ers announced earlier Tuesday they had signed Willis to a five-year deal that NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reports includes $29 million guaranteed and is worth a maximum of $50 million.
Willis, who was fashionably late for his own press conference at the 49ers’ practice facility, took the podium after he was introduced by coach Mike Singletary and said “Wow” before letting out a big grin.
“It means a lot,” Willis said. “It shows that they really wanted me here. It shows that what they want, and what I want, are the same things. That’s to win, that’s to embody a great organization and [to bring] this organization back to where it used to be — and even better. For them to do the deal as early as they have, it means a lot to me.”
Willis pledged that his three Pro Bowl seasons are “only the tip of the iceberg” and said he can still improve both physically and mentally.
“People think they’ve seen the best I have to offer,” Willis said. “They haven’t by far. … There’s so much more improvement in my game that I have to get to. And I’m willing to work every day to get to that point, but the best is yet to be seen.”
Singletary, who returned to take questions from reporters, is of the same opinion.
“It’s amazing to be saying this, because it sounds ridiculous, but this guy can get so much better,” Singletary said.