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Former Packers’ LB James Burgess has agreed to a one-year deal with the 49ers

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that James Burgress has agreed to a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers. Burgess was an undrafted free agent out of Louisville in the 2016 NFL Draft.

That year, Burgess signed with the Miami Dolphins but was released before the start of the season. In 2016, he was on the practice squad with the Chargers, Ravens, and Jaguars before signing with the Browns in December of 2016. Burgess ended up signing a futures contract the following January with Cleveland.

The next season Burgess started ten games with the Browns. He suffered a sprained knee and missed a couple of games before returning to the lineup in Week 6 during the 2018 season. A hamstring injury in October caused Cleveland to waive/injury Burgess.

Burgess bounced around from the Dolphins to the Jets to the Falcons before finally ended up on the Packers' active roster in October of 2020. He appeared in four games and had three tackles on defense. Burgess was placed on IR in November and would never see the field.

The 27-year old 220-pound linebacker ran a 4.72 40-yard dash at his pro day back in the 2016 NFL Draft. He could be a camp body, but Burgess is also a veteran who could show the ropes' younger linebacking corps.