Mitch Wishnowsky

49ers Extend P Mitch Wishnowsky

The 49ers may be facing long-term questions at the quarterback position, but a key member of their special teams unit will remain in the fold for the foreseeable future. The team announced on Friday that they have extended punter Mitch Wishnowsky on a four-year deal. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweets that the contract will pay him just under $3MM annually and has a maximum value of $13MM. 

A fourth-rounder in 2019, Wishnowsky has one year remaining on his rookie contract. This new pact will not only represent a sizable increase in compensation relative to his 2022 pay, it could make him the second highest-paid punter in the NFL if it reaches the $3.25MM-per-year mark, behind only Seattle’s Michael Dickson.

The 30-year-old Australian has yet to miss a game so far in his career, and has been consistent across his three seasons in the league. His busiest campaign came in 2020, when he punted 66 times for an average of 46.9 yards, his personal watermark in that regard to date. In addition to punting, Wishnowsky has also handled kickoff duties, doing so 219 times in the regular season.

The Utah alum will now be on the books through the 2026 season, giving San Francisco some long-term stability at one of their specialist positions. Both kicker Robbie Gould and long snapper Taybor Pepper are set to hit free agency at the end of the year; the former’s age (40) in particular could leave his future in doubt. The latter, meanwhile, has just begun his third season in the Bay Area after making appearances with the Packers and Dolphins previously.

In what should be far better conditions than he had to face during the 49ers’ Week 1 loss in Chicago, Wishnowsky will look to help get his team back on track when they host the Seahawks on Sunday knowing that his long-term future is secure.

NFL COVID-19 List Updates: 1/1/22

Here are the New Year’s Day activations from and placements on the reserve/COVID-19 lists:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Las Vegas Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: G Oli Udoh

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: CB Bryce Hall

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Draft Pick Signings: 4/30/19

The first 2019 draft pick signing commenced Tuesday. Only 253 to go.

  • The 49ers signed their fourth-round pick (No. 110 overall), punter Mitch Wishnowsky, to the CBA-mandated four-year contract. Wishnowsky was the first specialist chosen in this year’s draft. Ranking second in Division I-FBS with a 47.7-yard punting average, the Utah alum earned second-team All-America honors last season. However, Wishnowsky broke into football late; this will be the Australia native’s age-27 season.