Report: 49ers to sign LB Austin Calitro

Team to add Calitro following Malcom Smith's season-ending injury

Karl Buscheck
August 07, 2017 - 11:40 am

In the wake of Malcolm Smith sustaining a season-ending injury, the 49ers have reportedly added linebacker Austin Calitro, per NBC Sports Bay Area.

Calitro, an undrafted rookie out of Villanova, had 3.5 sacks in 12 games for the Wildcats last fall. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com provides a quick scouting report on the new Niner:

"Possesses a compact frame and plays with a good motor and above average instincts that allow him to make up for some of his speed and athletic deficiencies. He is a likely inside linebacker, but he might offer some value as a 4-3 SAM linebacker. Calitro is a solid football player who finds his way to the football and his intelligence, work ethic and instincts give him a shot of becoming a quality NFL backup."

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