Source: 49ers hire ex-NFL player Miles Austin to coaching staff


Miles Austin on Thursday became the second former NFL wide receiver to join the 49ers’ coaching staff this week.

Austin will assume the role as 49ers offensive quality control coach, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area. ESPN first reported the hiring.

Austin is filling the position vacated when T.C. McCartney left his entry-level coaching position with the 49ers to serve as quarterbacks coach on Vic Fangio’s staff with the Denver Broncos.

Earlier this week, the 49ers hired Wes Welker to work with wide receivers, sources confirmed. Welker spent the past two seasons as an offensive and special teams assistant with the Houston Texans after a 12-year playing career. Welker made five Pro Bowls and was selected as a two-time All-Pro.

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Austin, 34, played eight NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before concluding his career with one season apiece in Cleveland and Philadelphia. He appeared in 129 games with 70 starts, catching 361 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was selected to two Pro Bowls in his career.

After his career ended following the 2015 season, Austin spent time working in the Cowboys' scouting department.