After a solid performance in Week 1, the San Francisco 49ers officially suspended punter Mitch Wishnowsky for a new four-year extension, which they say runs through the 2026 season Ian Rapport. The deal is worth an average of $3 million per year, according to Rapoport’s sources, and holds a maximum of $13 million in new money if it plays through the entire contract.
Since being drafted with the 110th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Wishnowsky has appeared in 50 games, scored four points on a field goal attempt and two extra pointers, and is a regular part of the team’s kickoff and punting sessions Teams where he is averaging 63.1 yards and 45.5 yards, respectively.
Though some questioned at the time whether using a fourth-round punter was the best allocation of resources, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com’s draft profile ranked Wishnowsky as a player deserving of a top 200 pick.
Even if the Niners picked Wishnowsky 29 higher than Zierlein, it’s clear the pick went in San Francisco’s favour, as only 23 of the 35 players selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft are in an active squad, according to the pro Squad remain football reference.
When Wishnowsky was drafted from Utah, he spoke to reporters about his past, present and future in football during his post-selection conference call. He spoke about growing up in Australia, his skills as a kickoff specialist, up to the time he almost became a glass installer instead of a professional football player, as transcribed by Niners Nation:
Given his new contract, it’s clear that Wishnowsky made the right choice.