The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed DL Jeremiah Valoaga to a one-year deal. In order to make room on the roster, the team has waived WR Chris Thompson.
Valoaga (6-6, 275) originally signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2017. As a rookie in 2017, he appeared in nine games and registered five tackles and one sack prior to being waived from the team on November 25, 2017. On November 29, 2017, he was signed to Detroit’s practice squad where he spent the remainder of the season. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Lions on January 1, 2018, Valoaga spent training camp with the team and was later waived on August 31, 2018. He then signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on September 26, 2018, where he spent the remainder of the season. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Dolphins on January 1, 2019, he was waived on May 2. Valoaga played 153 snaps for the Detroit Lions in 2017. His PFF grade was a 49.3. He finished the season with a sack, three hits and three hurries.
A 24-year-old native of Oxnard, CA, Valoaga attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he appeared in 39 games and registered 88 tackles, nine sacks, seven passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Thompson (6-0, 175) originally signed with the 49ers as a free agent on August 3, 2019. Thompson took a couple of reps with the first team during Wednesday’s practice at wide receiver. He was running “dummy” routes deep, but I’m sure it’s a surprise for him.