Breaking down Garry Gilliam's contract with 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move that went under the radar last week, the San Francisco 49ers re-signed swing tackle Garry Gilliam to a two-year contract.

In the process, Gilliam became the fourth Niner to re-up with the club before hitting free agency. And while retaining Gilliam isn't a big move, it could prove a valuable one because of his fit in the scheme and the injury to right tackle Trent Brown.

"Tackles are real hard to get in this league and we enjoyed Garry when he was here, the year we had with him," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "Garry has got a lot of ability. I feel he can still get a lot better, more consistent in his techniques, but he’s as good of an athlete as I’ve been around and I enjoy the person. It was his first year with us, his first time out of Seattle, took him some time to adjust to some of our techniques with what we are doing with stuff and he was a little bit of a late bloomer with it. But the way he was in the season compared with training camp, I think he only got better.

"I was real excited to see him play because I thought he was on his way and then he unfortunately got hurt on his first time with that opportunity. But tackles are hard to come by in this league and Garry is a guy we felt very comfortable with as a swing tackle last year. He does have the talent and ability, if he can improve his consistency, to be a starter in this league."

Gilliam will likely get plenty of opportunities during San Francisco's offseason program as Brown works his way back from shoulder surgery. From there, Gilliam should compete to again nail down the job as the primary backup to Brown and left tackle Joe Staley.

Here's a closer look at Gilliam's two-year, $7.75 million contract, a deal that includes $2.15 million in fully guaranteed money, all of which is paid in the first year:


Cap charge: $2.45 million

Base salary: $1.75 million (fully guaranteed)

Roster bonus: $400,000 (fully guaranteed, paid on third day of league year)

Per-game roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game on 46-man game day roster)

Workout bonus: $50,000


Cap charge: $5.05 million

Base salary: $4.5 million ($1.5 million guaranteed for injury only, becomes fully guaranteed on April 1, 2019)

Per-game roster bonus: Up to $500,000 ($31,250 per game on 46-man game day roster)

Workout bonus: $50,000