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49ers sign edge rusher Jerry Attaochu

The 49ers need a lot of help in the pass rush.

Fooch’s update: Ian Rapoport has the details on Attaochu’s contract. It’s a one-year deal worth up to $5.125 million with $2.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. I guess not as cheap as I would have expected.

The San Francisco 49ers need help at the edge rusher position, and they’ve taken a flier on a likely low cost option. The team has signed Jerry Attaochu to a one-year contract, according to his agents at SportsTrust Advisors.

The Miami Dolphins then San Diego Chargers selected Attaochu in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He had two sacks as a rookie, and then appeared to break through with six sacks in 12 starts during his second season. He had two sacks in eight games a year later, and then no sacks in four games last season.

Injuries have been a big issue with him, which is why this is basically a no risk gamble. The 49ers released Elvis Dumervil, leaving them without much in the pass rush. The team tried to convert Arik Armstead into their Leo end, but injuries limited him to six games. If the 49ers are going to continue with that experiment, Attaochu will compete with him for time in passing downs.