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49ers hope to sign Jason Verrett to practice squad

Nov 17, 2023 at 2:22 PM--

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The San Francisco 49ers are on the verge of bringing back a familiar face. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, the team hopes to sign veteran cornerback Jason Verrett to the practice squad.

This move comes after the 49ers worked out Verrett earlier this week, marking his second workout session with the team in the past two months. Verrett previously played for the 49ers from 2019 through 2022.

"Yeah, we tried him out," Shanahan told reporters after Friday's practice. "We don't have him signed yet. We'll work through that over this weekend and see how it ends up for next week."

Shanahan added, "but nothing official yet."

Verrett is now a year removed from the Achilles injury he suffered during a 49ers practice session last year. This most recent injury halted his comeback from the ACL injury he sustained in Week 1 of the 2021 season.

When asked about the reports on the cornerback, Shanahan responded, "I heard they were good in Houston, and they've been, when we worked him out, everyone said it was good, so you guys know how I feel about JV. So it's amazing that he's even back and able to do that stuff. So if we got a chance, we'd love to get him in here."

It's clear that Verrett made a strong impression on the team during his time with the 49ers. He's always been a locker room favorite.

"JV has been one of the most respected guys we've had in our building," Shanahan said. "Just the way he carries himself, how talented he is. When you just look at his footwork and how he played with us, guys always looked up to him in that way. I think he was a mentor to a lot of guys. But it was just the perseverance, how he carried himself that guys loved.

"When he did work out here the first time ... we had about seven players just go out and watch it, which I've never seen that before. So it just shows how our team felt about him."

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