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49ers sign ex-Panthers linebacker David Mayo to two-year contract

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49ers sign ex-Panthers linebacker David Mayo to two-year contract

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers signed free-agent linebacker David Mayo to a two-year contract on Thursday.

Mayo, 25, played the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, where he appeared in 59 games with four starts. Mayo fits in as a core special-teams player.

In four seasons, Mayo recorded 61 tackles. He also gives the 49ers depth at inside linebacker behind starters Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander.

Mayo was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft from Texas State.

49ers' Deebo Samuel praised by 'Friday' character he shares name with

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49ers' Deebo Samuel praised by 'Friday' character he shares name with

It must be an honor to have someone name their child after you.

Deebo Samuel's dad nicknamed his son after a character from "Friday," and the actor who portrays "Deebo" likes what he's seeing from the young 49ers wide receiver.

"I'm a big fan of what they're doing up there man," Tom Lister said in an interview with TMZ Sports. "And Deebo, yeah I heard ESPN is trying to set something up with me and Deebo."

Lister said he's very open to collaborating with Samuel. Perhaps a movie with "Little Deebo and Big Deebo."

This movie could be the latest "Friday" installment that will be starting soon. Lister said he's hearing around December.

Oh, and a message to the 49ers, Lister wants to come to a game and hang out on the sidelines. 

Somewhere, Samuel is probably pretty excited about the shoutout from Lister.

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49ers have NFL's second-best defense, NBC analyst Josh Norris believes

49ers have NFL's second-best defense, NBC analyst Josh Norris believes

The 49ers defense has made a name for itself through the first five games of the season, and people around the country are taking notice.

"I only care about two to three to four defenses in the NFL," NBC Sports fantasy analyst Josh Norris said. "Those are the ones that really matter when you're playing offensive players on your roster and I think this 49ers' defense is the second-best in the NFL, just behind the New England Patriots."

The Week 7 fantasy football rankings on ESPN have San Francisco's defense ranked in the third spot in their matchup against Washington on Sunday. 

"It makes sense, right, and this is kind of predictable heading into the season because of how many first-round picks the 49ers have spent along that front, with how talented they are at linebacker, and then the veteran presence they have in the back half," Norris said. "This week, the player I would play against them most likely would be Terry McLaurin. But the 49ers have allowed opposing teams to convert just one of 21 third downs in the past two weeks."

McLaurin is second only to former 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss for the most fantasy points in the first five games of his career. He would be the only guy the 49ers' defense has to worry about. 

On the offensive side of the ball, the 49ers remain just as successful -- even without a true No. 1 receiver.

"It's huge," Norris explained. "I really think it makes Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida both startable in fantasy football. Tevin Coleman is like a Running Back 2, Matt Breida is your Running Back 3 in the flex spot."

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Norris details more about the offense in the video above.

Oh ... and he says it's not too early to consider the 49ers as Super Bowl contenders.