49ers sign Antone Exum, place Garry Gilliam on IR

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The 49ers signed defensive back Antone Exum Jr. They placed swing tackle Garry Gilliam on injured reserve in a corresponding move.

Gilliam injured his knee in the Oct. 29 loss to the Eagles. He started at right tackle that game, with Trent Brown out with a concussion.

Gilliam appeared in the team’s first eight games.

The Vikings drafted Exum in the sixth round in 2014. He appeared in 27 games, with two starts, making 18 tackles on defense and 13 more on special teams. Exum spent 2016 on injured reserve, and the Vikings waived him Sept. 16, 2017.

11 responses to “49ers sign Antone Exum, place Garry Gilliam on IR

  1. Exum is not a bad player. He’s not a star, but he’s better than a lot of players in the league, and he’s free. The Vikings are loaded in their secondary, so you can be a decent player and not make their team. This seems like a nothing move, but it’s really a good pick up.

  2. Imagine if a team acquired a starting pitcher at the 80 game halfway mark and said they were just going to have him shelved til the following April. Every Clara fan that shows up in person for their last home games really need to question why they even wasted their time.

  3. I’m surprised Exum wasn’t picked up by somebody sooner. He’s not a star, might never be, but he’s a decent player, he’s very versatile. I think the 9ers made a good choice here.

  4. good rotation guy, thought he was still on the roster just buried on the depth chart. best of luck Antone.

  5. Exum is a good player who fell victim to a loaded secondary in Minnesota. He’ll stick with the right team, and possibly develop into a starter.

  6. I like the Exum signing. Could use a guy like him that can play CB or Safety. He’s really big at 6’0”, 219 but maybe he can be the physical guy we need in our secondary!

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