49ers Add Jeremiah Attaochu to Team


Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu Comes to the Bay Area

Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu has been a source of frustration for some on the team staff, especially head coach Anthony Lynn.

Lynn expressed that he'd like to see what Attaochu is truly capable of at some point, because he's been rehabbing injuries over and over as the years go by. Lynn may get his wish, however he'll be seeing Attaochu do so in a different uniform, now that the San Francisco 49ers have signed him to their roster earlier this week.

Attaochu spent the first four years of his career with the Chargers as a former second round pick out of Georgia Tech. The good news is that he's still fairly young in his career, is quick and athletic and has shown to be a good pass rusher, posting a career-best six sacks back in 2015. In thirteen total NFL starts he's notched ten sacks.

This, however, is where the downside to Attaochu lies. He's only 25 years old and four years into the NFL but has only played in 38 out of 64 total games, playing in only just four in 2017 and eight the year before. A ton of injuries have kept him out of these games although he also found himself being listed as a healthy scratch for some of last year's games as well, signifying some of the frustration the coaching staff has had with him.

The deal Attaochu signed was only for one year for $5.125 million. The team plans to use him only for designed pass-rushing situations, with general manager John Lynch stating that signing him is a low risk move but at the same time he has the chance to make a significant impact on the team if he lives up to his potential. Improving the pass rush was one of the 49ers' major goals for 2018 and Lynch added that Attaochu still was a disruptive force despite not having a ton of playing time due to injuries.