49ers nickel and dime before free agency

Before splurging the more than $61 million in cap space the team has to spend during this offseason’s free agency period, the San Francisco 49ers continue to take care of minor in-house transactions to bolster their depth.

On Tuesday, the team agreed with restricted free agent Ray-Ray Armstrong on a one-year contract extension that will run throughout the 2016 season.

Armstrong appeared in five games for the 49ers last year, recording three special teams tackles after being acquired in November off waivers.

Additionally, the 49ers offered tenders to both inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite and guard Jordan Devey.

According to the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, Wilhoite received the lowest-level tender from San Francisco, which gives the 49ers the chance to match any offer given to the former undrafted free-agent, but will not give them a compensatory draft pick in return.

Wilhoite — who has been instrumental in helping to spell the losses of both Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman at various points over the last two seasons — would receive $1.671 million if he remains with the team.

Devey finds himself in a less lucrative spot than Wilhoite, as the restricted-rights free agent is unable to negotiate with any other team during free agency.

The undrafted lineman will now have to fight for a spot on the roster after losing his starting role after nine starts last season.

Tuesday’s moves come almost one week after the team announced they would be bringing back dynamic running back Shaun Draughn on a one-year deal as well.

Draughn provided a late-season burst of energy for the stagnant 49ers offense after starter Carlos Hyde went out with a foot injury.

The undrafted free agent made six starts for the 49ers, rushing a career-high 76 times for 263 yards, 25 receptions and 175 receiving yards.

Draughn’s ability to catch passes out of the backfield could be a useful weapon for head coach Chip Kelly’s new-look offense in 2016.

San Francisco now has seven impending free-agents left, including big names such as wide receiver Anquan Boldin, guard Alex Boone, kicker Phil Dawson and defensive tackle Ian Williams.


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