SANTA CLARA -- Defensive lineman B.J. McBryde, who was added to Chip Kelly's Eagles roster last year, has been reunited with the head coach.
The 49ers on Friday signed McBryde (6-5, 292) to a two-year deal. He takes the roster spot vacated by defensive end Kaleb Ramsey, who announced his retirement on Thursday. The 49ers now would have to cut a player should offensive tackle Anthony Davis be reinstated by the NFL.
McBryde joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Connecticut. He was waived in October and signed to the Packers practice squad. Green Bay released him earlier this week.
McBryde's best season in college came in 2014 when he started eight games and had 26 total tackles for the Huskies. He also played basketball in high school, a common element among Kelly's defensive line. His long arms -- 35 1/8 inches -- likely appeal to general manager Trent Baalke as well.
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McBryde adds to the 49ers' impressive size along the defensive line. The team has five players signed for training camp who are 6-5 or taller:
*Arik Armstead, 6-7, 292
*DeForest Buckner, 6-7, 300
*Demetrius Cherry, 6-6, 300
*Quinton Dial, 6-5, 318
*B.J. McBryde, 6-5, 292