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49ers sign WR Travis Benjamin to a one-year deal

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Benjamin spent a season with Shanahan in Cleveland

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According to Ian Rapoport, the San Francisco 49ers have signed former Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin to a one-year deal. Benjamin played with the Browns under Kyle Shanahan in 2014, where he caught 18 passes for 314 yards. Benjamin was known as one of the faster players in the NFL before battling injuries. His targets since 2015: 116, 71, 63, 28, 16. Benjamin has been trending in the wrong direction. He is a vertical threat that can stretch the field as well as a player that can be effective in Shanahan’s play-action offense.

The Niners were linked to Philip Dorsett, but he signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Benjamin is likely the Marquise Goodwin replacement. Goodwin tweeted this on Monday:

Goodwin also tweeted a “broken heart” emoji before deleting the tweet.

As for Benjamin, his presence may be felt on Special Teams, though Richie James is a superior returner. We’ll see how it all shakes out, but Kyle brings in a familiar face.