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49ers bring back Blake Costanzo

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In 2011, linebacker Blake Costanzo helped give the 49ers some of the best special teams units in the league but he left for the Bears as a free agent the next offseason.

Costanzo remained a core special teams player over two years with the Bears, but he’s making the reverse trip this offseason. Costanzo’s agent David Canter announced that his client has returned to the 49ers.

Costanzo will be reunited with special teams coach Brad Seely, who coached him with the 49ers and during Costanzo’s two years as a member of the Browns. Costanzo plays inside linebacker, so he may work his way into the mix of players trying to fill in for NaVorro Bowman while Bowman continues to recover from a major knee injury but the special teams work is what brought him back to San Francisco and what will be his best route to sticking with the 49ers into the regular season.

The linebacker was undrafted out of Lafayette and spent time on the Jets’ practice squad before making his NFL debut with the Bills in 2007.

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20 Responses to “49ers bring back Blake Costanzo”
  1. dagon27 says: Jun 3, 2014 10:58 AM

    He was also a 49ers fan favorite. That their special teams squad took a giant step back in 2012 was not a coincidence (and might have been the difference vs. the Ravens in the Superbowl).

  2. nwfisch says: Jun 3, 2014 10:58 AM

    Nice knowing ya clown.

  3. braceyourselffor12 says: Jun 3, 2014 11:08 AM

    Dude was solid and it’s good news for our ST squad. We’re reloading.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  4. ninerboi says: Jun 3, 2014 11:17 AM

    An amazing move. Any 49ers fan knows this is a huge positive.

  5. bassplucker says: Jun 3, 2014 11:19 AM

    He’s a really good guy but not much of a football player. It may only be a a coincidence that the Bears special teams were the worst they’ve been in years while he was there… but it’s also a fact.

  6. In Teddy We Trust says: Jun 3, 2014 11:26 AM

    So Costanzo is doing the opposite?

  7. chalkruz1989 says: Jun 3, 2014 11:33 AM

    He was a college teammate of my cousin at Lafayette College. Hell of a player and nice guy.

  8. 64post says: Jun 3, 2014 12:12 PM

    Niners are signing everybody to create competition. Only so many roster spots, it should be interesting to see the final cuts and what teams will swoop in and grab their castoffs.

  9. mactruck27 says: Jun 3, 2014 12:17 PM

    No one grows better pro-level talent than the Patriot League. Look at our All-Pro team: John Skelton, Will Rackley, Blake Costanzo, umm…CJ McCollum?

  10. stephenolszewski says: Jun 3, 2014 12:18 PM

    He was the heart and soul of The Browns special teams back in the day

  11. daaabears says: Jun 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    Special teams ace. We miss this guy.

  12. norcalsportsknowledge says: Jun 3, 2014 12:45 PM

    @dagon27 – exactly what I was thinking. Very doubtful Jones returns kickoff for TD. Who knows, he probably would of been held like everyone else on that play, with no call.

  13. hyzers says: Jun 3, 2014 12:50 PM

    He’s not taking Skuta’s spot!

  14. fivetimechamps49 says: Jun 3, 2014 1:07 PM

    Tony Montana….Tony Montana!

  15. sonoco says: Jun 3, 2014 1:15 PM

    Barring another injury I think he’s a long-shot to make the 53 man roster . . . but great competition nevertheless.

  16. time2speakup says: Jun 3, 2014 1:24 PM

    Niners on a roll. Dahl was in serious jeopardy BEFORE, he’s really got problems now. Fantastic move Trent. Thank you, Sir! (Almost makes up for the stupid move of letting him go in the first place).

  17. td40 says: Jun 3, 2014 3:18 PM

    I miss him on the Browns. He was an enthusiastic player with a real motor. Lots of good coverage on kick offs. Solid as hell.

  18. rudy6984 says: Jun 3, 2014 3:49 PM

    ST is overlooked by many teams, it is 1/3 of the game so great move, hope he makes the team

  19. senoreno says: Jun 3, 2014 4:03 PM

    Yesssss!!!he was one of my favorite niners in 2011! I was wishing the niners would pick him back up! Big hole left when he was gone! Welcome back Blake. Dream come true

  20. drcap says: Jun 3, 2014 5:49 PM

    Say goodbye to Kassim Osgood. I think this is a way to reduce the numbers at the WR position, while keeping a few special-teams aces.

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