The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. San Francisco worked out Hall multiple times and this move comes after three cornerbacks went down with injuries against the Indianapolis Colts.
Update: The 49ers made the signing of Hall official, and placed Asa Jackson on injured reserve to make space on the roster.
It also comes in the wake of head coach Kyle Shanahan saying that the team believes free safety Jimmie Ward is meant to be a safety, and that he doesn’t want to play him at cornerback anymore. It’s probably a smart decision so Ward, still developing, can improve.
Hall, 32, was a first-round pick by the Bengals in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was a second-team All-Pro player in 2009 and has 27 career interceptions, six forced fumbles and 113 passes deflected in 133 career regular season games.
Hall last played on a one-year deal with the New York Giants a year ago. He had one forced fumble and one interception in 12 games played.
The 49ers also released Noble Nwachukwu from their practice squad and presumably will have another roster move to accompany that transaction.