Spillman was claimed off waivers by the 49ers on Oct.12, 2010. He has played in all 27 regular season contests since joining San Francisco and leads the team with 40 specials teams tackles over the past two seasons.
In 2011, the 6-0, 199 lbs. safety spearheaded the special teams unit as he led the team with 19 special teams tackles. According to NFL game books, he also tied for second in the league with 14 special teams stops last year.
“C.J. is a high-energy, productive player with a strong team-first mentality who is still developing,” said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke, via team’s press release. “We are pleased to come to terms with C.J. for another three years, and look forward to his continued contributions to our organization, both on and off the field.”
A Louisville, KY native, Spillman entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent from Marshall University and made his debut with the San Diego Chargers in 2009. Spillman, 25, has played in 37 games (one start) and registered 13 tackles and 49 special team stops in his NFL career.
After re-signing LB Ahmad Brooks to a six-year extension and placing the franchise tag on strong safety Dashon Goldson, the 49ers seem poised to continue to make more moves and keep as many pieces together as possible to build towards an even brighter future in 2012.