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49ers pass on Rice, but sign another guy with familiar name

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The 49ers didn’t sign Jerry Rice Jr. after his weekend tryout with his dad’s old club, but they did sign a guy with a familiar name.

The 49ers announced they signed tight end Kevin Greene and linebacker Chase Thomas, and waived/injured tackle Luke Marquardt and waived/non-football injury linebacker Morgan Breslin.

The Greene they signed isn’t the Hall of Fame finalist pass-rusher who did a year with the 49ers in 1997 (posting 10.5 sacks), but a defensive end/linebacker/tight end from Southern Cal who was undrafted.

Thomas, from Stanford, was with the Saints and Raiders last preseason, and spent the year on the Falcons practice squad, before having a cup of coffee with the Packers this offseason.

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12 Responses to “49ers pass on Rice, but sign another guy with familiar name”
  1. aceakking says: May 27, 2014 4:12 PM

    It must be tough for the kid to live up to his name.

  2. ariani1985 says: May 27, 2014 4:15 PM

    IF you can’t make the horrible green bay roster it is time to hang it up……..

  3. britishraven says: May 27, 2014 4:21 PM

    Rice would probably be #2 on the Panthers depth chart…

  4. goldrush36 says: May 27, 2014 4:34 PM

    Kid has all the heart in the world and his dad’s work ethic. Unfortunately he didn’t get the talent part. How do you follow a legend? It isn’t like WWE where being 2nd or 3rd generation gets you automatic superstar status

  5. canedaddy says: May 27, 2014 4:41 PM

    Not shedding any tears for Jerry Jr. He’s inheriting a lot from his father outside of football talent, from a ton of money to a name he can use to get in any door.

  6. ninerboi says: May 27, 2014 4:50 PM

    tough roster to crack

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 27, 2014 5:31 PM

    9ers sign a Stanford grad and a guy with two degrees from USC. Cleaning up the image.

  8. purplengold says: May 27, 2014 6:19 PM

    he has no neck

  9. muencht says: May 27, 2014 9:52 PM

    This breaks my heart. I know Jerry Rice Jr. had a less than stellar college career, but SOMEBODY please give him a chance. Put him on the practice squad at least!

    He has a good attitude and knows he has to make it on his own. I like his style.

  10. revren10 says: May 27, 2014 10:01 PM

    News update the Vikings sign Rice Jr and state “he will our number one receiver, since we are excellent at evaluating talent. He will become a core part of our team along with teddy bust water who we believe will be as successful as Akili Smith.”

  11. pbrady89 says: May 28, 2014 12:40 AM

    Kevin Greene is not in the Hall of Fame. For some reason the man with the 3rd most sacks in history isn’t worthy. Ridiculous

  12. fubar000 says: May 28, 2014 3:01 PM

    Junior is too slow to play in the NFL. I watched his NFL workout and he looked very amateurish and unnatural in his moves. A turtle could beat him in a foot race so let’s not even talk about how a cornerback could torch him

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