- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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As the San Francisco 49ers began their offseason training program Tuesday at their Santa Clara compound, the team announced that defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie had signed his one-year exclusive rights tender.
Jerod-Eddie started two games for the 49ers last season, appearing in all 16 games, and had 45 tackles. In three seasons he has played in 32 games, with four total starts. He has 100 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
He originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M. The 49ers' defensive line is still in flux with Justin Smith having yet to announce whether he will return for a 15th NFL season or retire, which would mean opportunity for Jerod-Eddie and Tank Carradine. The Niners signed defensive end Darnell Docket, who missed last season with an ACL injury, in free agency.
The other 49ers player tendered, linebacker Michael Wilhoite, has yet to sign, though he is in Santa Clara for the program, according to CSNBayArea.com.