The 49ers plan to address their shortage at outside linebacker by signing former Cardinals and Steelers defender Clark Haggans, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports. This according to a league source. The 12-year veteran, who was released on Friday, will sign with the team Sunday pending a physical.
The 49ers have acknowledged they gambled last season by having only three outside linebackers on the active roster. They addressed those numbers by taking two outside linebackers in the April draft. However, both of them, Darius Fleming and Cam Johnson, were injured during the offseason. Fleming is on the PUP list with an ACL tear; Johnson is on the practice squad.
Haggans, 35, started 16 games at left outside linebacker for the Cardinals last season, finishing with 30 tackles and three sacks. This year, O’Brien Schofield took over that role, and Haggans was one of 18 Cardinals released as the team got down to the 53-player limit.