Niners sign DT Lance Legree

Looking to shore up their depth along the defensive line, the 49ers signed sixth-year veteran Lance Legree on Saturday to come in and compete for a roster spot along their defensive interior. With Jerry DeLoach out with a knee strain, Legree will be tried on the nose in the team's 3-4 system but also could see time at end in some situations.

Legree was not with the team during Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage, but he will take part in Monday's two-a-day practice sessions when the 49ers resume training camp after a player's day off Sunday.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Legree spent his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants, starting 21 of the 59 games he played with the team. He spent last season with the New York Jets, playing in all 16 games with four starts before being waived by the team in February.

Legree is a sturdy middleman who also can provide some push in the pass rush. He has 134 tackles and seven sacks in 75 career NFL games, including a career-high three sacks with the Jets last season.

With DeLoach out and his status uncertain with a medial collateral ligament strain - he‘s expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks of practice - Legree will put the heat on second-year veteran Ronnie Fields for the third nose tackle/swing end the 49ers are likely to keep behind Anthony Adams and Isaac Sopoaga.

While the 49ers have picked up a veteran free agent released this year by the Jets, the Jets have signed a veteran free agent released this year by the 49ers.

After placing cornerback Jovon Johnson on waivers, New York signed third-year cornerback Bruce Thornton, who was released by the 49ers on Tuesday after starting 11 games at left cornerback for the team last year.


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