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49ers Award Former Mountaineer Colton McKivitz Contract Extension



Colton McKivitz with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers awarded WVU product Colton McKivitz with a one-year contract extension. McKivitz’s agency posted the news on X (Twitter) on Friday before any report could come out.

According to AMDG Sports, McKivitz’s extension for $7 million with 65% of the deal guaranteed. This deal will keep McKivitz in San Francisco as the 49ers look to get back to the Super Bowl and continue pursuing the first championship for the franchise in 30 years.

Prior to appearing in Super Bowl LVIII, McKivitz opened up about his entire NFL journey on the West Virginia Metro News Sportsline show.

“You get your rookie year and it is kind of a redshirt year to figure it out. In the second year, they expect a jump. And that didn’t happen. So I got cut. We had an injury at right tackle so I got bumped up halfway through the year to active [roster]. I just learned the urgency of being on a team like San Francisco. It is winning a Lombardi [trophy]. That’s the goal every year for them.”

After a stellar career as a Mountaineer, McKivitz was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. But not only did McKivitz face the pressure that’s placed on any daft pick to find a way to have an impact and make the roster, the Jacobsburg, Ohio native eventually started to feel the pressure mounting on the 49ers to get over the hump.

McKivitz also talked about the pressure playing for an historic franchise with a “championship or bust” mentality.

“The pressure is there. It is no different than a regular season game when it comes to the plays. But it is that much bigger of a stage and it means a lot more. We talk about in the beginning of the year that your games mean so much. And then once you start getting into December and January and now the Super Bowl, obviously the stakes are a lot higher.”

McKivitz even offered his perspective of the emergence of 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy and their past competing against each other in the Big 12. In 2018, Purdy’s Iowa State Cyclones upset McKivitz’s Mountaineers, 30-14, handing West Virginia their first loss of the season.

Colton McKivitz and Brock Purdy

“He beat us as a freshman when we were No. 6 in the country at Iowa State. So he’s a winner. And as a person, he is All-World. He’s very humble. You can’t speak more highly of the guy because of how he leads us and obviously how he plays.”

To this point in his career, McKivitz has played in 40 NFL regular season games and started 17 of them.

During his time in Morgantown, McKivitz was named the co-Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year as a junior. In 2019, he was named a first-team All-Big 12 player.

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