49ers sign special teams standout Bellore

The 49ers added a former special teams standout of the New York Jets.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers added former New York Jet Nick Bellore to compete for a job on special teams this summer. The free agent signed a two-year deal, the team announced Friday.

Bellore, who joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2011, appeared in all 64 games since and quickly became a key player on special teams, where he notched 90 tackles in his four seasons in New York.

The 25-year-old inside linebacker will rejoin his former special teams coach Thomas McGaughey Jr., who assumed the same role with the 49ers this offseason under new head coach Jim Tomsula.

Bellore was Pro Football Focus' fourth-highest graded special teams player in 2014 and made the site's All-Pro team for his play on kick off coverage. He led the Jets in special teams tackles in each of his first three seasons.

Bellore's acquisition comes days after the 49ers brought back veteran linebacker Desmond Bishop to add depth and competition to its group of inside linebackers.

Bishop appeared in the final two games of the regular season while San Francisco's linebacking corps was dealing with injuries. The former Green Bay Packer and Minnesota Viking made two special teams tackles and played three defensive snaps in Week 17.

The 49ers, of course, enter 2015 having lost Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement. NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite are earmarked to be the team's starters, with third-year player Nick Moody and former practice squad member Shayne Skov slated to compete with Bishop and Bellore for roster spots.

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