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Friday, February 24, 2012
49ers' special-teams emphasis continues

By Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL teams routinely say they value special teams. The San Francisco 49ers continue to prove it, most recently by reaching agreement with safety C.J. Spillman on a three-year deal for $6 million.

Spillman hardly played on defense last season. He was a mainstay on special teams, playing nearly 70 percent of the 49ers' snaps in that area. He was arguably the best special-teams player on arguably the NFL's best special-teams units.

The 49ers' special-teams coach, Brad Seely, is also their assistant head coach. The team is paying him $1 million a year, setting the standard for special-teams coaches, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.