Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown is signing with the San Francisco 49ers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Brown spent seven seasons as a member of the Dallas Cowboys after being selected in the 6th round of the 2016 draft. He recorded nine interceptions in 94 games with Dallas. In addition, Brown recorded 59 passes defensed and forced five fumbles. Over the last four seasons he allowed a quarterback rating of more than 90 just once.
The cornerback tore his Achilles in week 13 last season, his last year under contract with the Cowboys. He was recently released from the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad.
The veteran cornerback provides the type of versatility San Francisco looks for with its depth. Brown played 4,841 snaps during his time with Dallas. Of those snaps 3,154 came while line up outside on the boundary, and 1,274 from in the slot.
According to Aaron Wilson of KPRC in Houston, San Francisco met with Brown on Saturday. The 49ers must feel Brown is healed from his injury, choosing him over veteran Bradley Roby who they had in for a workout on Monday.
San Francisco had an open spot on its active roster after placing cornerback Samuel Womack on injured reserve last week. They elevated Tre Swilling from the practice squad to replace Womack on Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The 49ers lost defensive back Qwuantrezz Knight from their practice squad yesterday. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals to their active roster. Knight had been solid during the offseason and training camp, but was unable to break into San Francisco’s 53-man roster.