Veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy, who has not played in the NFL since sustaining a torn ACL in October 2015, signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Monday.
The 49ers designated rookie outside linebacker Jimmie Gilbert waived/injured to make space for Murphy on the 90-man roster. Gilbert sustained a torn ACL during practice Sunday. Gilbert is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery.
Murphy, 30, opened last season on physically unable to perform with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The club released him in November.
Murphy was in the headlines this offseason, as he was arrested in April for carrying a concealed, loaded Glock 23 pistol in his backpack at Tampa International Aiport. Charges were dropped. Murphy’s attorney, Darryl Rouson, told the Tampa Bay Times that Murphy has attended a gun safety class since the arrest.
Murphy’s best season came in 2010 with the Raiders when he caught 41 passes for 609 yards. In his career, Murphy has caught 162 passes for 2,322 yards and 10 touchdowns in 88 games.
Murphy figures to face a tough battle to win a roster spot with the 49ers. The 49ers have 13 receivers under contract, including 6-foot-4 rookie Tim Patrick, who was claimed off waivers Monday from the Baltimore Ravens.
The 49ers figure to keep five or six wide receivers on their 53-man roster among: