The Niners moved quickly to replace injured cornerback Walt Harris, as Thursday the team inked veteran corner Dre’ Bly. He signed a one-year deal with the 49ers, making sure that the team would not be shorthanded after Harris went down with a knee injury.
The Broncos released Bly in a salary cap dump back in February after he spent two of his 10 NFL seasons with the team. He started all 32 games and intercepting seven passes. Bly was chosen for two Pro Bowls during his four years with the Lions, and he won a title during his first four pro seasons with the Rams.
“At this point in my career, when I’ve been successful like I’ve been, it’s not about money,” Bly said. “It’s about opportunity. I wanted to wait for the right opportunity for me to have a chance to compete. … San Fran is a great place. I haven’t been to, what is this, Northern California? Denver was the furthest (west) I’ve been, so it allows me a chance to view more parts of the United States.”
“We lost a Pro Bowl-caliber player in Walt Harris this week, and we were able to fill that void with another Pro Bowler in Dre’ Bly,” 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan said. “It was important to get Dre’ in here quickly so that he can get acquainted with our system, our coaches and his new teammates.”
The 34-year-old Harris’ career is in jeopardy after he tore a ligament in his right knee during workouts Tuesday in a collision with receiver Dominique Zeigler. The 13-year pro has been a mainstay of San Francisco’s defense since 2006, but almost certainly can’t recover from his upcoming surgery in time to play this season.