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Michael Wilhoite | Linebacker | #57

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/7/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 240
College: Washburn
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49ers re-signed restricted free agent ILB Michael Wilhoite to a one-year, $1.671 million contract.
Wilhoite has finally decided to sign his tender. He was easily the last one to do so. Wilhoite struggled as a starter last season and will face competition from Gerald Hodges for the job next to ILB NaVorro Bowman. Wed, May 4, 2016 01:37:00 PM

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49ers extended an original-round tender to LB Michael Wilhoite.

An UDFA out of Washburn, the low tender means the 49ers will not receive any compensation if they decline to match an offer sheet. Wilhoite struggled in his second season as a starter and finished the year on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He should serve as depth if he returns to San Francisco. The low tender is worth $1.67 million.
Sat, Mar 5, 2016 10:59:00 AM

The 49ers are expected to tender restricted free agent ILB Michael Wilhoite.

Wilhoite missed the last four games of 2015 with an ankle injury and was replaced by Gerald Hodges. He regressed last season, earning PFF's 13th-lowest inside linebacker grade out of 60 qualifiers. He should be a backup in 2016.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 01:14:00 PM

49ers placed ILB Michael Wilhoite (ankle) on injured reserve.

The move creates a spot for Mike Davis on the active roster. Wilhoite took a step back in his second season as a full-time starter, receiving negative PFF grades in both coverage and run support. He'll return as a restricted free agent in 2016, but should face competition for snaps.
Sat, Jan 2, 2016 04:40:00 PM

49ers ILB Michael Wilhoite exited Week 13 against the Bears with an ankle injury.

Wilhoite limped off the field in the first quarter and headed straight into the locker room. He has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 01:27:00 PM

49ers ILB Michael Wilhoite (hamstring) will resume practicing this week.

Coach Jim Tomsula said Wilhoite was getting close last week. When healthy, Wilhoite should start opposite NaVorro Bowman.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:26:00 AM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula said ILB Michael Wilhoite (hamstring) could come off the active/NFI list soon.

A recent MRI exam was reportedly encouraging. With Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retiring this offseason, Wilhoite is expected to start opposite NaVorro Bowman when healthy. Wilhoite recorded 87 tackles in 16 starts last season.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 10:44:00 AM

49ers placed ILB Michael Wilhoite (hamstring) on the active/NFI list.

Coach Jim Tomsula doesn’t consider Wilhoite’s injury a long-term concern. Wilhoite will start opposite ILB NaVorro Bowman when healthy.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 05:55:00 PM

49ers re-signed exclusive rights free agent ILB Michael Wilhoite to a one-year, $660,000 contract.

The 49ers had been in talks with Wilhoite on a long-term contract. Under control for the next two years, Wilhoite will likely have to play out 2015 without an extension. Wilhoite is penned in as the starter next to Navorro Bowman.
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 05:46:00 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said Friday the team is working to extend ILB Michael Wilhoite's contract.

The Sacramento Bee reported the 49ers were trying to trade Wilhoite in early March. Following the surprise retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, the team has done a full 180. Wilhoite is currently an unsigned exclusive rights free agent. If the 49ers are cap savvy, they'll let him play 2015 on a minimum tender and work to extend Wilhoite if he plays well this season.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 03:52:00 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke considers ILB Michael Wilhoite the favorite to start opposite NaVorro Bowman.

Wilhoite was believed to be on the trade block before Patrick Willis and Chris Borland's shock retirements, but Baalke claims that wasn't the case. A former undrafted free agent, Wilhoite was a 16-game starter last season, but was sub-replacement level. Especially considering Bowman's (knee) health, the 49ers badly need to add bodies at inside linebacker.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 06:01:00 PM

49ers extended tenders to exclusive rights free agents ILB Michael Wilhoite and DL Tony Jerod-Eddie.

Wilhoite started all 16 games in place of Navorro Bowman last season, but is reportedly being shopped with Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Bowman all returning. Jerod-Eddie will compete with Darnell Dockett and Tank Carradine for the left end job vacated by Ray McDonald.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 08:07:00 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers have placed exclusive rights free agent ILB Michael Wilhoite on the trade block.

The 49ers have a surplus of inside linebackers with Patrick Willis, Chris Borland and Navorro Bowman all returning next year. Wilhoite was a 16-game starter in 2014, but would be limited to a backup role if re-signed. San Francisco is seeking a sixth- or seventh-round pick for Wilhoite.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 06:03:00 PM

49ers ILB Michael Wilhoite has won the starting job opposite Patrick Willis.

Wilhoite beat out Chris Borland for the right to fill in for Navorro Bowman (knee). It's quite possible the two will end up rotating, curbing any potential IDP appeal.
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 03:20:00 PM

DC Vic Fangio said the ILB competition between Michael Wilhoite and Chris Borland is too close to call.

This is the battle to see who will hold down the spot next to Patrick Willis until Navorro Bowman (knee) returns around midseason. It's possible that Wilhoite and Borland will end up rotating, capping any IDP appeal and highlighting another weakened spot in the 49ers defense. They'll already be without Aldon Smith, who is facing a 6-8 game suspension.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 12:23:00 PM

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