The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed DL Arik Armstead to a five-year contract extension through the 2024 season.
“We are very pleased to have come together with Arik and his representatives to complete this contract extension prior to free agency,” said 49ers General Manager John Lynch. “Arik’s physical tools and versatility have allowed him to be highly productive in our style of defense, and we look forward to watching him take his game to an even higher level as he grows within our scheme. Arik has been an impact player on the field and a difference-maker in our community, and we are excited for what the future holds for him.”
The 49ers originally selected Armstead (6-7, 290) in the first round (17th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Throughout his five-year career (2015-19), Armstead has appeared in 62 games (43 starts) and registered 158 tackles, 19.0 sacks, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
In 2019, Armstead registered single-season career highs in tackles (54), sacks (10.0), passes defensed (two), forced fumbles (two) and fumble recoveries (one). His 10.0 sacks led the team and ranked tied for 15th in the NFL last season. He also started all three postseason contests and added eight tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble.
Off the field, Armstead founded the Armstead Academic Project, which aims to positively impact the Sacramento Public School system by serving students and providing equality. The mission of Armstead Academic Project is to ensure every student, no matter their socioeconomic status, has direct access to a quality education through a positive learning environment and resources needed in order to thrive and be successful.
A 26-year old native of Sacramento, CA, Armstead attended the University of Oregon. In 39 games with the Ducks, he finished with 87 tackles, four sacks, 10.0 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. As a junior in 2014, Armstead earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors as he played in 13 games and registered 46 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.