C. J. Spillman DB SF 7 Months
C.J. Spillman is listed as the 49ers' starting free safety on the team's initial unofficial depth chart.
Spillman, 27, played just 32 snaps on defense last season, but is a special teams stalwart. The Niners like to use Spillman in goal-line situations, but first-rounder Eric Reid is fully expected to earn the starting free safety job.
C. J. Spillman DB SF Jun 09 '12
49ers SS C.J. Spillman has been working with the first-team defense during OTAs.
Spillman was featured primarily on special teams last season, but still has developmental upside, and could be used in tandem with Donte Whitner on obvious passing downs. "We've had time to have a full spring with him," DB coach Ed Donatell said. "He's more mature as a professional, he's done a great job with our special teams and he's looking to increase his role. Things are great for him."
C. J. Spillman DB SF Feb 24 '12
49ers re-signed S C.J. Spillman to a three-year, $6 million contract.
The deal contains $1.8 million guaranteed. The Niners skipped over Spillman's restricted free agency to get him under contract through 2014. Spillman, 26 in May, led San Francisco with 19 special teams tackles in 2011 and has 36 over the past two seasons. On defense, Spillman is a backup strong safety.