The 49ers just announced they signed linebacker Korey Toomer to a one-year contract.
Here’s a statement from GM John Lynch about the transaction: “We’re excited to add a talented player like Korey to our defensive unit. Korey is a good fit for the ‘stack linebacker’ position in our scheme and he provides our team another good football player with plenty of NFL experience in similar systems.”
Toomer, 29, started eight games at outside linebacker last season for the Los Angeles Chargers, whose defensive coordinator is Gus Bradley. Bradley mentored 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh when those two worked together on the Seattle Seahawks from 2011 to 2013, and on the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2014 to 2016. They run the same defensive scheme and share the same defensive philosophy.
If Toomer makes the 49ers final roster, he will be Malcolm Smith’s backup at outside linebacker. But, I’m not sure Toomer will make it. He’s a limited player on the downside of his career. The 49ers need to draft a young, talented linebacker they can groom for the future.