Former Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu signs deal with 49ers

Georgia Tech’s all-time sack leader Jeremiah Attaochu signed a one-year contract to join the San Francisco 49ers. AJC file photo by Johnny Crawford

Credit: Johnny Crawford

Credit: Johnny Crawford

Former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu is moving from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. The 25-year-old signed a one-year deal, worth up to $5.125 million Thursday with the San Francisco 49ers.

“Jeremiah has been quite disruptive during his career despite his limited opportunities playing behind some top tier defensive ends,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a press release. “He is a wonderful fit for our scheme and our locker room. We expect Jeremiah to be productive on defense, while also providing us an exceptional player on special teams. He’s another guy who fits the mold of a 49er.”

Attaochu was a member of the Yellow Jackets from 2010-13, where he set Georgia Tech’s all-time mark in sacks with 31.5. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 252-pound pass rusher appeared in 38 games for the Chargers. Despite missing eight games in 2016 due to a high ankle sprain and broken foot, he recorded a career-high five sacks. A hamstring strain at the beginning of the 2017 season caused him to lose his starting spot.

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