UDFAs Blount, Vann, Brown agree to terms with 49ers

The 49ers have agreed to terms Saturday evening with embattled Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, who was not selected in the seven-round NFL draft.


Blount, who was a projected high draft pick when the season started, saw his draft stock come crashing down when he punched taunting Boise State defensive end Byron Hout following a season-opening defeat. Blount was suspended for the balance of the season before getting reinstated for the final two games of the year.

Coach Mike Singletary is not afraid to take on players with so-called character concerns, as he has demonstrated. And this is a perfect example. Blount seemingly had little value to the 49ers after the club selected Anthony Dixon, the SEC’s leading rusher with a 1,391-yard season at Mississippi State. But Singletary and the 49ers are giving Blount a chance at an NFL career.


Dixon is 6-foot, 236 pounds. Blount is 6-foot, 244 pounds.


Blount placed himself high on the list of prospective NFL running backs after his junior season. Blount rushed for 1,002 yards (7.3-yard average) and 17 touchdowns for the Ducks before his draft stock tumbled with his actions after the Boise State game.


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The 49ers also agreed to terms with dynamic return man LeRoy Vann of Florida A&M, said agent Karim Lawrence. Singletary attended Vann’s pro day, and came away impressed. Lawrence received multiple phone calls from 49ers scouts and coaches, beginning during the draft to recruit Vann.


Vann (5-8, 188) can also play cornerback, but his value to the 49ers is as a return man. He could have a very good opportunity to win a roster spot and be a contributor in the return game.


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The 49ers also have their fourth quarterback. Jarrett Brown of West Virginia has agreed to terms with the 49ers, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Brown enters the offseason as the club’s fourth quarterback, behind Alex Smith, David Carr and Nate Davis.


Brown moved into the full-time starter’s role after Pat White’s departure. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,144 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 466 yards.


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