Report: Miller Signs 3-Year Extension

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The 49ers have extended fullback Bruce Miller's contract for three seasons, making him one of the league's highest-paid fullbacks according to a report from ESPN.

Few teams rely on a fullback as heavily as the San Francisco 49ers. So it's no wonder Bruce Miller received a three-year extension Thursday, according to a report from ESPN.

Miller, 26, was entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2014, but will become one of the league's highest paid players at the position per the report. Miller has played in 34 games over the last three seasons but is coming off a broken scapula suffered Week 14 in Tampa Bay, ending his 2013 season prematurely. The 49ers had former defensive lineman Will Tukuafu and running back Anthony Dixon replace Miller in the playoffs.

Tukuafu suffered a knee injury in the Divisional Round against the Carolina Panthers after just three snaps, and only played three more in the NFC Championship Game in Seattle where Frank Gore ran for just 14 yards on 11 attempts. Dixon has since signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent.

Only Carolina's Mike Tolbert played more snaps at fullback, according to Pro Football Focus. Miller played 534 snaps while Tolbert was often called upon to play halfback.

Miller wound up finishing third on the team in receptions with 25 for 243 yards in 2013. He was also a key player in short-yardage situations.

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