Report: 49ers to sign ex-college hooper for tight-end depth

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The 49ers reportedly are set to add some depth behind tight end George Kittle.

Former Indianapolis Colts tight end Erik Swoope worked out with the 49ers on Monday and intends to sign with the team, NFL Media's Ian Rapaport reported.

Swoope doesn't have nearly the same pedigree or experience as Jordan Reed, whom the 49ers signed to a one-year deal earlier this month. For one, Swoope, 28, has played in just 24 NFL games since signing with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2014. For another, he still is relatively new to football.

As Rapaport noted, Swoope played four years of college basketball at Miami. Swoope averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game as a senior in the 2013-14 season, and his interest in playing pro football sparked when someone from the Denver Broncos called asking coach Jim Larrañaga if the Hurricanes forward would be interested in working out for the team.

Swoope has 23 receptions for 384 yards and four touchdowns in his career, including three in 2018 when he last played in a game. The Colts, New Orleans Saints and Raiders have all waived or cut Swoope since his last regular-season appearance, but Swoope will -- at the very least -- provide the 49ers some much-needed depth at tight end in practices.

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Reed is yet to participate in team drills, while Ross Dwelley has been dealing with an injured foot. That left Kittle, sixth-round pick Charlie Woerner and undrafted rookie Chase Harell as the 49ers' only healthy tight end in camp. Swoope, then, fills a hole for the time being.

The 49ers can carry up to 16 players on the practice squad, seemingly giving them more leeway to keep Swoope if he impresses enough in camp.