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Tank Carradine signs his 49ers deal

Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, Christian Jones, Tajh Boyd

Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine (91), right, comes in to help linebacker Christian Jones (7) take down Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 49-37. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)


It sure looks like a lot of NFL contract negotiators are heading to the beach this weekend, given the dizzying pace of rookie signings.

According to Adam Caplan of, the 49ers joined the parade by signing second-round defensive end Tank Carradine.

Carradine’s coming off a torn ACL last November at Florida State, but they think he could be cleared to return by training camp.

Considering he ran a 4.75-second 40 at his pro day at 265 pounds, there is evidence to back up that belief.

The 49ers have shown a tendency to draft guys a year away (or more) from when they’re needed, but Carradine’s skills, along with age and some departures on the 49ers defensive line could push him forward.