Former B.C. Lion Chris Edwards waived by the San Francisco 49ers

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The San Francisco 49ers have waived former Canadian Football League strong-side linebacker and defensive back Chris Edwards, per sources.

Edwards recorded 50 tackles, one sack and one interception while starting 18 games last season with the B.C. Lions. The 27-year-old played the first two seasons of his CFL career with the Edmonton Football Team. Through 53 games in the three-down league, Edwards has recorded 112 tackles, four interceptions, one defensive touchdown and one sack.

Prior to playing in the pros, Edwards played two seasons at Butte College before transferring to the University of Idaho for the 2014 season. During two seasons with the Vandals, he appeared in 18 games and recorded 76 total tackles, three interceptions and one touchdown.

Edwards went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, however, the Oakland Raiders signed him to an undrafted free agent contract. He played in one pre-season game making three total tackles, but the Raiders released Edwards among the final training camp cuts. He signed with the 49ers this off-season to compete for a spot at safety, but will now be looking for a new football home — unless picked off the waiver wire.

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