‘Crazy week’: In a snap, center Daniel Kilgore leaves 49ers, joins Miami Dolphins

Daniel Kilgore of the San Francisco 49ers walks off after a game against the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Daniel Kilgore had started the past 32 games at center for the San Francisco 49ers.

He signed a three-year, $11.8 million extension a month ago.

There’s no such thing as job security in the NFL, but Kilgore’s situation came about as close to it as you can get.

Today, he’s a Miami Dolphin.

“It’s been a crazy week,” he said Friday. “A month ago when I signed the extension, I never dreamed about being in this position.”

Mike Pouncey didn’t expect to be a free agent, either, but after he declined to take a pay cut, he and the Dolphins parted ways. As that was going down, former New York Giant Weston Richburg was joining the 49ers. So the 49ers traded Kilgore, 30, even though coach Kyle Shanahan told SFGate.com, “This situation with Dan was one of the hardest things I’ve gone through as a coach. I’ve got the utmost respect for Dan.”

Kilgore, who is 6-feet-3 and 308 pounds, said he’s not upset.

“I did want to stay there,” he said. “Ultimately I had the goal of starting my career there and then finishing my career there. That obviously is not going to happen, but I’ve been fortunate enough that I was there for seven seasons and I’ve seen it all — playing in the Super Bowl and having down seasons.

“This happening, I don’t regret it. This is a new chapter for my family and I. I think the change will be good. As far as how they handled it, I appreciate how Kyle and (GM) John Lynch got me in a position where I can be successful. They could have traded me anywhere but I think they did the right thing by putting me in a position that they know I can be successful, and putting me with a staff that loves the game and that are good people.”

Kilgore was pleased with his initial meeting with coach Adam Gase.

“Meeting with him today was very casual and being ourselves, being just another guy in the room,” Kilgore said. “I think from his record, and track record and guys that have been around the league for a while, they love him. I’m sure with all of those guys that love him, I’ll do the same.”

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