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49ers Sign LB Elijah Lee, Waive OL John Theus

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The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed linebacker Elijah Lee from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to a two-year deal. In order to make room on the roster, the team has waived offensive lineman John Theus.

Lee (6-2, 229) was originally drafted by the Vikings in the seventh round (232nd overall) of this year's NFL Draft out of Kansas State University. In three seasons (2014-16), he appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and registered 209 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, five interceptions, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. As a junior in 2016, he earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors and Honorable Mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the team with 110 tackles. A 21-year-old native of Blue Springs, MO, he was waived by the Vikings on September 2, 2017, and signed to the team's practice squad the following day.

Theus (6-6, 303) was originally the second of three fifth round (145th overall) draft choices by San Francisco in the 2016 NFL Draft. He appeared in four games (one start) as a rookie last season and was inactive for last week's game against Carolina.

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