San Francisco 49ers sign former CFL defensive back Chris Edwards to 53-man active roster

Photo courtesy: Jeff Vinnick/B.C. Lions

The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive back Chris Edwards to a one-year contract for the remainder of the 2020 NFL season.

He was waived by the 49ers during training camp in August, which means Edwards is familiar with the special teams and defensive systems. Originally Edwards signed with San Fran this off-season to compete for a spot at safety.

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.

Chris Edwards tackles C.J. Gable in the backfield. Photo courtesy: Jeff Vinnick/B.C. Lions

The Detroit, Michigan native went unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, however, the Oakland Raiders signed him to an undrafted free agent contract. He played in one preseason game — making three total tackles — but the Raiders released Edwards among the final training camp cuts.

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.

San Francisco (4-6) travels to Los Angeles (7-3) to play the Rams in Week 12, an NFC West match-up. That game will mark Edwards NFL debut.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.