SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers added some depth to their defensive line today by signing free agent Tony Jerod-Eddie to a minimal one-year deal.
Jerod-Eddie was scheduled to be a restricted free agent. But rather than tender him with the lowest possible offer, $1,671 million, the 49ers signed him to a deal worth $1.3 million, according to NFL.com.
Jerod-Eddie, 26, essentially had been an unrestricted free agent for the last month. He appeared in all 16 games last season as a backup and finished with 14 tackles. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and is looking for his first career regular-season sack.
He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March.
The 49ers have Arik Armstead, Quinton Dial, Glenn Dorsey, Jerod-Eddie, Mike Purcell, Kaleb Ramsey and Ian Williams on the defensive line. Dorsey (ACL) and Williams (ankle), however, could start the season with injuries.