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49ers sign Leonard Davis

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The 49ers reported for work on Thursday and the team announced the name of one more veteran that will be joining them at training camp.

Guard Leonard Davis has signed a one-year deal with the team. Davis visited with the 49ers in March, although he was still rehabbing from foot surgery at that point in the offseason. Presumably he’s well enough to get on the field now and will join the rest of the squad at the 49ers’ first full-squad practice of training camp on Friday.

Davis signed with the Lions in November of 2011, but didn’t play a game with the team before the season ended. He started every game for the Cowboys over the four previous years, however, and he started all 91 games he played with the Cardinals after they made him the second overall pick of the 2001 draft. Davis made three Pro Bowls while in Dallas, but his play slipped enough in 2010 that the team was happy to take the cap space provided by releasing him.

Davis’ long layoff likely makes him a longshot to beat out Alex Boone at right guard, the only spot currently without an entrenched starter on the 49ers line. Boone took the majority of the first team snaps — Daniel Kilgore also saw some time at the position — during spring work after Adam Snyder jumped to Arizona as a free agent. Davis’ experience could make him a useful reserve piece on the offensive line in San Francisco.

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5 Responses to “49ers sign Leonard Davis”
  1. finer9erfan says: Jul 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    Why are we putting this bum on the roster?

    1. He’s a former Cowgirl
    2. He’s old and washed up
    3. We are looking to strengthen the line, not weaken it

  2. 49erstim says: Jul 26, 2012 3:34 PM

    Yay! Backup O-Line signing! You’ll remember where you were the day The 49ers signed Leonard Davis!

    Seriously though….you never know when an extra guard will come in handy. I hope he is healthy and ready to go! We’re almost to the preseason!

  3. zillabeast says: Jul 26, 2012 4:17 PM

    I’m all for depth. The NFL is gonna be gunning for us this year and there will be casualties. Better to have insurance.

  4. friendofinnocence says: Jul 26, 2012 5:05 PM

    Good luck, Bigg. Hope you make the team.

  5. scoobaj says: Jul 27, 2012 12:17 AM

    If he’s on the field for any extended period of time, 9ers are screwed… they will get a dose reality this year anyway 8-8

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