49ers Sign CB Dontae Johnson, Waive LB Pita Taumoepenu and Release OL Anthony Davis


The San Francisco 49ers announced on Tuesday that they have signed CB Dontae Johnson to a one-year deal and waived LB Pita Taumoepenu. In addition, the team released OL Anthony Davis.

Johnson (6-2, 200), originally entered the NFL as the second of two fourth-round draft picks (129th overall) by the 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft. In four years with San Francisco (2014-17), he appeared in 63 games (22 starts) and registered 149 tackles, 21 passes defensed and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. In 2018, he spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals, but did not see game action. He later signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on February 26, 2019 and was released by the team on May 20.

A 27-year-old native of Pennington, NJ, Johnson attended North Carolina State University. In 50 games (28 starts) over four seasons with the Wolfpack, he finished with 217 tackles, 10 passes defensed, 4.0 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a senior in 2013, he started all 12 games and registered 82 tackles, a team-high three interceptions, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Taumoepenu (6-1, 245) was the second of two sixth-round draft picks (202nd overall) selected by the 49ers in the 2017 NFL draft out of the University of Utah. He appeared in six games over the past two seasons (2017-18) and registered one tackle on defense to go along with two special teams tackles.

A 25-year-old native of Provo, UT, Taumoepenu appeared in 46 games during his four-year career for the Utes, where he recorded 73 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.