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49ers sign CB Asa Jackson, waived/injured CB Zach Franklin

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The 49ers made a move to shore up cornerback depth.

The San Francisco 49ers have made a transaction to deal with an injury near the bottom of the cornerback depth chart. Cornerback Zach Franklin has been sidelined with an ankle injury for the past few days, and the team is now using the waived/injured designation on him. The team is replacing him on the roster with former Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions cornerback Asa Jackson.

Jackson originally entered the NFL in 2012 as a fifth round pick of the Ravens. Through five seasons between Baltimore and Detroit, he has appeared in 22 games (eight starts), and registered 34 tackles and four passes defensed.

The 49ers cornerback depth chart seems to be slowly settling into form near the top. Rashard Robinson is starting on one side, while Dontae Johnson appears to be securing the other starting role. K’Waun Williams and Will Redmond are competing for the nickel role, but most of the reserve roles are up for grabs. Ahkello Witherspoon will make the roster, but there are one or two addition roster spots to be had at cornerback.

Franklin’s injury was non-contact, according to Jennifer Chan, as he landed wrong after catching a pass. If he clears waivers, he reverts to the 49ers injured reserve list. The team can negotiate an injury settlement with him to make him a free agent, but it depends on the extent of his injury.