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49ers sign CB Jordan Holland to three-year deal; place CB Harris on IR

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The cornerback has family ties in the 49ers organization

Per his agent Nathan Shackelford, the San Francisco 49ers signed defensive back Jordan Hollan. The 5-foot-9, 195 pound cornerback played his college ball at Prairie View A&M, where he was a walk on. Holland was with the 49ers during their three-day rookie minicamp, but was not invited back to minicamp where the entire team plays.

Holland went undrafted in 2016, after playing only one year of college football. It’s a unique story, where he decided to turn pro. He played for the Indoor Football League in 2016, the Arena Football League in 2017, and in 2018 he was cut by the Canadian Football League. Holland was also cut by the San Antonio Commanders AAF team.

Holland’s dad, Johnny Holland, has been an NFL coach for over 21 years. Holland is in his third season with the 49ers and second as the run game specialist/outside linebackers coach. He previously served as the team’s linebackers coach in 2017. So there’s a connection there. This signing is likely because the 49ers will not play the cornerbacks on the roster at the top of their depth chart this Thursday in the preseason finale.

This move comes after the 49ers placed Tim Harris Jr. on injured reserve. Harris Jr. had a groin injury that kept him from playing Saturday night. You never want to say a player is faking an injury, but in effort to “stash” Harris Jr., this move makes the most sense.

Harris Jr. (6-foot-1, 205) was the third of three sixth-round draft picks (198th overall) selected by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of the University of Virginia. He appeared in 47 games (30 starts) in six years (2013-18) with the Cavaliers and registered 119 tackles, 18 passes defensed, 6.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions with 69 return yards and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2018, he appeared in 13 games (eight starts) and registered 36 tackles, four passes defensed, two interceptions and 1.5 tackles for loss.