Those were some of the main factors why San Francisco’s starting right tackle signed a five-year extension that will keep him with the 49ers through the 2019 season.
Joined by agent Drew Rosenhaus, Davis, 23, signed his contract at team headquarters in the evening and spoke with 49ers.com moments after finalizing the contract.
“It’s a great organization,” Davis said of the biggest reason for signing the extension. “It’s in California, you can’t beat it.”
Davis has started every game of his three-year career with the 49ers and stands out league-wide as a physical force on the right side of San Francisco’s dominant run game. Esteemed football writer Peter King named Davis as a first-team All-Pro in 2012.
Greg Roman, too, praised Davis for his passionate play during the regular season. Davis was a key component in helping San Francisco post the league’s fourth-ranked rushing attack in 2012.
“In your offensive linemen you want guys that are tough-minded, that go into a competition with some true grit and want to go light some people up,” the 49ers offensive coordinator said. “Anthony brings that to the table.”
The 6-foot-5, 323-pound tackle will continue to bring his athletic and hard-nosed brand of football to the Bay Area for many years to come.
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“It’s cool,” said Davis, while wearing a Super Bowl XLVII beanie to go along with cut-off sweat pants and his signature Chuck Taylor sneakers. “I’m just excited to be a part of a winning organization. As a long as we’re winning, everyone’s happy.”
Davis, a Pro Bowl alternate in 2012, enjoyed personal success in his third season with the 49ers. Davis was selected as the youngest winner of the team’s prestigious Bobb McKittrick award, joining respected past winners like Randy Cross, Bubba Parris, Harris Barton, Guy McIntyre, Jesse Sapolu among many others.
Given annually to the 49ers offensive lineman who best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment of McKittrick, a five-time Super Bowl champion offensive line coach, Davis proudly recalls the moment when his offensive line teammates chose him for the honor.
“Winning that award was big,” Davis said. “Having your peers vote for you for something like that it was a big deal for me.
“It meant a lot to me.”
So does an extension with the 49ers. Davis is eager to begin the next step of his professional career and do whatever is necessary to make sure San Francisco defends its NFC crown next season.
Davis expects the 49ers to continue to be hunted in 2013.
“Towards the end of last season we got used to have the target on us, so it’ll be a lot of the same things, preparing like we prepare and going out ready to play,” the mauling right tackle said. “This season will be big as far as us getting ready to go.”