49ers Sign Five to Reserve/Future Contracts

The San Francisco 49ers announced Wednesday that they have signed G Nick Howell, WR Kevin Jurovich, WR Lance Long, RB Xavier Omon and K Fabrizio Scaccia to Reserve/Future contracts. All five players finished the 2010 season on the 49ers practice squad.

Howell was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Tennessee on April 30, 2010. He was released by the Titans on September 4 and was signed to the 49ers practice squad on December 1.

Jurovich spent the entire season the 49ers practice squad after signing with the team during training camp. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles on April 26, 2010, only to be released on July 29.

Long has played in eight career games (one start) and has registered 20 receptions for 178 yards. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008, spending the entire season on the Cardinals practice squad. Long was released by the Cardinals following Week 1 of the 2009 season and was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad in September 2009. He was promoted to the Chiefs active roster on October 24 and was active for seven games. Long was released by the Chiefs following training camp in 2010 and spent time on the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad before being signed to the 49ers practice squad on November 8.

Omon was a sixth round draft pick (179 overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL Draft. In two seasons with Buffalo, Omon played in seven games and registered 11 carries for 27 yards. He also added one kickoff return for 26 yards. Omon was released by Buffalo in November 2009 and was signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad, where he finished the season. He was released by the Seahawks in April 2010 and was signed to the New York Jets practice squad in September, only to be released in October. He was signed to the 49ers practice squad on December 1.

Scaccia entered the NFL for the first time when he signed with 49ers practice squad on December 21, 2010. He spent the 2010 season in the UFL with the Sacramento Mountain Lions, where he ranked 3rd in the UFL in scoring (53 points) as he connected on 17 of 17 PATs and 12 of 16 field goal attempts, including one from 54 yards, tying the UFL record for longest field goal. Scaccia made his professional football debut in 2009 with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. In 10 games with the Rattlers, he hit 69 of 74 PATs and 1 of 4 field goal attempts. Scaccia also played minor league football for the St. Lucie Bobcats prior to joining the Rattlers.

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