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SAN FRANCISCO – The lifting of a three-month lockout in the National Football League has quickly turned into a pay day for Bridgewater College All-American Tyler Beiler. Beiler is expected to sign a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday in the Golden Gate City.
The Ronks, Pa. native's negotiated contract is projected to be a three-year deal for $375,000, but is restricted to Beiler earning a spot on the roster of the five-time Super Bowl Champions.
"We're happy for Tyler to be making the move to the next level and for his opportunity with the 49ers. His hard work has gotten him to this point in his career and we wish him all the best as he looks to become the first Bridgewater player to earn a spot on an NFL roster," said Bridgewater College head coach Michael Clark.
Beiler's deal with the NFC West franchise is the second contract of its type for a former Bridgewater player, after All-American linebacker Jermaine Taylor's stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Beiler was named the Division II-III Player of the Year by the Manheim Touchdown Club at their annual banquet earlier in the year after pulling in a laundry list of hardware after a breakout season.
He was named to the AP Little All-American team in December, in a compilation of the best players from Division II/III and NAIA. He was also named the winner of the Willie Lanier Award as the state of Virginia's top small college football player. In addition, he was named the state Player of the Year by the Virginia Sports Information Directors and The Roanoke Times.
On top of his Virginia awards, Beiler was also named the South Region Player of the Year by D3Football.com and was a first team All-American selection by D3Football.com.
Beiler led the nation in all-purpose yards and receiving yards per game, adding to numerous postseason honors.
In the receiving yards per game category, Beiler topped the likes of ODAC foe Earl Peoples of Randolph-Macon and Mount Union's Cecil Shorts, who was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of April's NFL Draft. Beiler averaged 134.2 yards per game, topping Hardin-Simmons' ZaVious Robbins.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state's first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College (www.bridgewater.edu) is home to nearly 1,700 undergraduate students. The college boasts a successful intercollegiate sports program that sponsors 20 NCAA Division III sports and a competitive, intercollegiate Equestrian program (www.bridgewatereagles.com).