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Not as good as it sounds: 49ers add linebacker named Willis

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The 49ers on Wednesday added a linebacker named Willis.

No, not that one (see, Willis, Patrick).

The 49ers acquired outside linebacker and special-teams player Jordan Willis in a trade with the New York Jets, NFL Media's Tom Peliserro reported Wednesday.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the 49ers will give the Jets their sixth-round pick in 2022 for Willis and the Jets' seventh-rounder in 2021.

Because of COVID-19 protocols, the deal is unable to be finalized and Willis is not permitted to join his new teammates in Santa Clara until next week.

Willis played in 16 games in both of his first two NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets claimed him off waivers in September of last year.

In two seasons with the Jets, he appeared in 11 games, registering 20 tackles and one sack. He was inactive for the Jets' game earlier this season against the 49ers.

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Willis, a third-round pick of the Bengals in 2017, is not signed beyond this season.

The 49ers are experiencing depth issues at linebacker and special teams.

The team promoted veteran linebacker Joe Walker to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Kwon Alexander is expected to miss extended time with a high ankle sprain. Mark Nzeocha is on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.


The 49ers signed tight end Daniel Helm to the practice squad one day after waiving him from the 53-man roster.

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