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


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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