The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that they have signed linebacker Jayson DiManche (dih-MAHNCH) to a one-year deal.
DiManche (6-1, 235) originally signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent on May 30, 2013. In two seasons with the Bengals (2013-14), he appeared in 28 games (one start) and registered 13 tackles and one pass defensed in addition to 15 tackles on special teams. He also appeared in one postseason contest with Cincinnati.
Following his release from the Bengals on September 11, 2015, he spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs before appearing in one game with the Cleveland Browns. He was released from the Browns on December 31, 2015, and signed to the Bengals practice squad on January 5, 2016, where he spent the remainder of the season. After spending training camp with the Bengals in 2016, he was released from the team on August 29, 2016. The following day he signed with the Detroit Lions and was released on September 3, 2016.
A 26-year-old native of Hamilton, NJ, DiManche spent five years (2008-12) at Southern Illinois University. He appeared in 35 games (32 starts) at SIU and finished his career with 145 tackles. As a senior in 2012, he made 11 starts and registered 49 tackles, eight sacks and one fumble recovery while earning Second-Team All-Missouri Valley honors.