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49ers waive safety Leon O’Neal Jr., sign CB Ken Crawley to a one-year deal

Aug 10, 2022 at 10:24 AM--


The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have signed cornerback Ken Crawley to a one-year deal. To make room on the roster, the team has waived/injured safety Leon O'Neal Jr.

O'Neal tweeted the following on Tuesday, hinting that his time with the 49ers has been cut short. According to reporter Rohan Chakravarthi, the defender was on Instagram, saying that he had sustained a strained groin.


The 49ers Communications staff provided the following rundown.



Crawley (6-1, 180) originally entered the NFL after signing as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints on May 6, 2016. Throughout his six-year NFL career with the Saints (2016-19, 2020-2021) and Miami Dolphins (2019), he has appeared in 55 games (25 starts) and registered 138 tackles, 32 passes defensed, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He has also appeared in three postseason contests (two starts), where he tallied 13 tackles and one pass defensed. Crawley appeared in six games and finished with three tackles with the Saints in 2021.

A 29-year-old native of Washington D.C., Crawley attended the University of Colorado where he appeared in 47 games (44 starts) and registered 189 tackles, 29 passes defensed, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

O'Neal Jr. (6-1, 210) signed with the team as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022.

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