The 49ers on Monday parted ways with one of the better story lines of the offseason when they waived safety Lorenzo Jerome, who made the initial squad as an undrafted rookie out of St. Francis University.
The 49ers used Jerome’s roster spot on strong safety Dexter McCoil, whom they claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers. McCoil (6-4, 220) originally signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent last year. He joined the Chargers after spending the 2014 season with the Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League and the 2015 season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, where he played outside linebacker.
Last year McCoil appeared in all 16 games for the Chargers, starting two, and finished with 24 tackles, five passes defensed and one interception as well as three tackles on special teams.
Kyle Shanahan said McCoil was someone general manager John Lynch and the team’s front office had been watching.
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“They liked his tape throughout the preseason and the season, not just at safety but also on special teams,” Shanahan said. “They thought they could upgrade us, so we made a move.”
Jerome, meanwhile, filled in at safety as the 49ers dealt with a string of injuries in the offseason, including starting free safety Jimmie Ward’s more-than-month-long hamstring issue.
Last month Jerome became the first St. Francis product to play in the NFL since 1952. He played 20 snaps Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts after three cornerbacks were injured and Ward was forced to play nickel cornerback.
The 49ers could add Jerome to their practice squad if he clears waivers.