Yahoos 49ers Team Report talks about LB Manny Lawson, and how he would like to get a new deal but so far nothing has been worked out between he and the Niners:
Manny Lawson said it without a trace of resentment. But he said it nonetheless.
“I would like a new contract,” he proclaimed.
The 49ers linebacker held court in the locker room even before his first practice of the season. Reporters surrounded Lawson when he showed up at the mandatory minicamp after skipping all of the voluntary organized team activities as a way of sending his message.
Lawson, a first-round pick in 2006, is coming off a career-best season. He led the 49ers with 6.5 sacks and also forced four fumbles. Only the Cowboys’ DeMarcus Ware and the Lions’ Julian Peterson forced more fumbles, with five each.
Lawson registered sacks in three consecutive games, becoming the first 49ers player to do so since defensive end Andre Carter in 2002.
While Lawson’s sack totals are impressive, they’re not exactly monstrous. He reasons that he makes up for whatever shortcomings he might have as a pass-rusher by being an all-around player. When healthy, Lawson is terrific in coverage.
“You have to be a well-rounded person in this league,” Lawson said. “Whatever the team needs me to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Asked if his sack totals might take a jump up in 2010, Lawson said: “I would like that. But before that, you have to be a team player. So if we become better as a defense overall, then as far as me having more sacks, as long as we keep doing what we’re doing as a defense, then I’m good with that.”
Lawson is scheduled to make $630,000 in this the final season of the five-year deal he signed as a rookie. After watching other 49ers nail down extensions for other players, including linebacker Patrick Willis and left tackle Joe Staley — whose contracts weren’t close to expiring — Lawson is eager to jump into the conversation.
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