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49ers sign linebacker Manny Lawson

Jul 27, 2006 at 9:38 PM


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The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of first round draft pick Manny Lawson today. Lawson was taken with the 22nd pick overall leaving tight end Vernon Davis as the only unsigned draft pick.

ESPN.com's John Clayton reports that it was a five-year, $8.515 million contract with the team.

Lawson was a Defensive End/Outside Linebacker from North Carolina State and is penciled in to start at linebacker.

Lawson is expected to take part in the team's first practice tomorrow morning as well as the 4pm practice which is open to the public.

From 49ers.com:
Lawson (6-5, 240) played in 50 games at North Carolina State, starting 25 times. He finished his Wolfpack career with 196 tackles (125 solos) and 40 quarterback pressures. Lawson also caused five fumbles, recovered four others and deflected seventeen passes. He ranks second on the school’s all-time record with seven blocked kicks and fourth with 20.5 sacks for minus 163 yards.

It was a busy day for the 49ers as they also announced the trade of quarterback Cody Pickett to the Houston Texans and the signing of six-year veteran defensive end Jerry DeLoach.
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