Jerod-Eddie signs tender with 49ers

The 49ers signed an exclusive rights free agent along its defensive line Tuesday.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers announced defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie signed his exclusive rights tender Tuesday, the same day the team began its offseason workout program.

It's a one-year, non-guaranteed deal for the former undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M, who will compete for playing time at all three spots on the 49ers' defensive line next season.

Jerod-Eddie, 25, played 39.7 percent of the snaps in 2014, according to Pro Football Focus, registering 16 quarterback hurries and 14 tackles. With 14-year veteran Justin Smith pondering retirement, Jerod-Eddie could see a significant jump in his playing time next fall.

He will compete with promising third-year players Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial for snaps this summer. Glenn Dorsey, who missed all of last season with a torn biceps tendon, will also be in the mix at all three positions, after spending his first season with San Francisco at nose tackle in 2013. The 49ers also signed veteran defensive end Darnell Dockett last month.

Jerod-Eddie has made four starts while appearing in 32 games over the last three seasons. He started the final two games of 2014 after Ray McDonald was released from the club in December following his second arrest in four months. McDonald went on to join former 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with the Chicago Bears.

Linebacker Michael Wilhoite, another exclusive rights free agent, has yet to sign his tender. But he is participating in San Francisco's offseason program, as reported by CSN Bay Area.

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