The 49ers made two defensive additions Tuesday, signing cornerback Leon Hall and defensive end Datone Jones, who is a former first-round pick of the Green Bay Packers, to one-year deals.
To make room, the team cut defensive lineman Xavier Cooper and tight end Logan Paulsen. Paulsen’s release suggests that fullback Kyle Juszczyk is on the mend after missing the last two games with a back injury.
That the 49ers did not place nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams on injured reserve with a quadriceps strain indicates that his injury is not long term. Hall, a 10-year veteran, will fill in for Williams at the nickel spot.
The 49ers signed Jones to a one-year deal with the hope he’ll add something to an anemic pass rush that failed to sack Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott on Sunday. San Francisco’s 14 total sacks is tied for 20th in the league. Unlike 12 teams, the 49ers have not yet had their bye week.
Jones, 27, was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2013. The Packers hoped he’d become a potent edge rusher, but he never had more than 3 1/2 sacks in his four seasons with the team. Jones was picked up and released by both the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions this season.
San Francisco signed two other free-agent linemen, Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel, last week. Both played extensively against the Cowboys.