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49ers sign veteran defensive lineman Damontre Moore after AAF folds

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49ers sign veteran defensive lineman Damontre Moore after AAF folds

The 49ers on Friday signed veteran defensive lineman Damontre Moore to a one-year deal, the club announced.

Moore, 26, has played for five teams in his six-year NFL career after entering the league as a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2013 out of Texas A&M.

He most recently played for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), where he recorded 22 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recovery. The league abruptly ceased operations this week.

Moore (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) appeared in two games last season with the Raiders and recorded one tackle. He played three games with Dallas in 2017 and four games with Seattle in 2016.

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Moore played in 42 games with the New York Giants in his first three seasons. He played the final three games of 2015 with the Miami Dolphins.

In his NFL career, Moore has registered 83 tackles and 10 sacks.

NFL free agency: Seahawks sign Cassius Marsh after 49ers released him

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NFL free agency: Seahawks sign Cassius Marsh after 49ers released him

The Seattle Seahawks signed former 49ers defensive end Cassius Marsh to a one-year deal Thursday, the team announced. 

Seattle drafted the UCLA product in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. Marsh played with the Seahawks for three seasons, and was traded to the New England Patriots in September 2017. 

The Patriots waived him a little over two months later, and the 49ers claimed him on Nov. 22, 2017.  Last month, the 49ers picked up a non-binding option on Marsh's two-year contract, only to release him a week later after trading for Dee Ford. 

Marsh accumulated 7.5 of his 11.5 career sacks with the 49ers, including 5.5 last season. He has also forced four fumbles, tallied 23 quarterback hits and 18 tackles for a loss in five NFL seasons. 

The move back to Seattle is welcomed by Marsh and his fiancée who just gave birth to their first child. 

“It’s a special place for sure,” Marsh told Seahawks.com. “There’s a lot of positives things about coming back here—my girl, her parents are from here, it’s where she’s from. We just had a child, so having that support is huge for us. There’s just a lot of positivity around coming back here. I’m pretty pumped.” 

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Marsh received a bit of criticism from New England fans when he criticized the “Patriot Way” in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. By contrast, he said he was appreciative of the 49ers and Seahawks' locker-room chemistry. 

“I personally developed some bonds that will last me the rest of my life,” Marsh said of first run with Seattle. “There’s a lot of guys I played with here who I stayed in contact with and I really love as brothers, so it means a lot to come back to where I started. I love this fanbase and the coaches.” 

Raiders sign Luke Willson, add to already competitive tight end group

Raiders sign Luke Willson, add to already competitive tight end group

The Raiders added depth to an already sturdy tight end group by signing Luke Willson on Friday afternoon, adding fire to what should be a competitive position group throughout the offseason and training camp.

Willson isn’t guaranteed one of the three (or four, maximum) available spots on September’s 53-man roster, but he’ll challenge for one if he finds previous form following a down year. He was an effective low-volume target with the Seattle Seahawks, but didn’t pan out with the Detroit Lions in 2018.

Standing 6-foot-5, 251 pounds, Willson can be an effective blocker and will surely be in the mix on special teams.

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Willson joins a position group that already includes Lee Smith, Derek Carrier, Darren Waller and Paul Butler. Jared Cook signed with the New Orleans Saints earlier this week, and Waller will be given a crack at his receiving role. Don’t rule out the Raiders selecting a tight end early, or at some point in this year’s NFL draft.

With up to four roster spots available, the established Willson could pay dividends, or push Carrier to be more impactful on offense.

As a side note, Willson is from Windsor, Canada. The Raiders are in talks to play an exhibition game north of the border against the Green Bay Packers.