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49ers sign linebacker Jayson DiManche to one-year deal

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The 49ers added some linebacker and special teams depth.

The San Francisco 49ers made one more free agency addition on Friday, announcing the signing of inside linebacker Jayson DiManche to a one-year contract.

DiManche has bounced around the NFL since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois in 2013. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, and appeared in 28 games with one start over two seasons. In that time, he had 13 tackles and one pass defensed in addition to 15 tackles on special teams.

The Bengals released him in September 2015, and he spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns the rest of that season. The Browns released him in December of that year, and he signed with and spent the rest of the year on the Bengals practice squad. The Bengals released him this past August, and he spent a few days on the Detroit Lions roster before being released in September.

The 49ers have signed a handful of special teams linebackers this offseason, including DiManche, Brock Coyle, and Dekoda Watson. They join Ray-Ray Armstrong and Shayne Skov, who are all competing behind NaVorro Bowman and Malcolm Smith at middle and weak-side linebacker. Ahmad Brooks is likely penciled in at strong-side linebacker for the time being.