49ers Sign LB Travis LaBoy

The San Francisco 49ers have reached a one-year, $1.6 million dollar deal with free agent outside linebacker Travis LaBoy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

A former second-round pick (42nd overall) out of the University of Hawaii by the Tennessee Titans in 2004, the 6-3, 250-pound LaBoy started just 20 of his first 54 games in the NFL, but posted 19.5 quarterback sacks as a situational pass-rusher. Though his six quarterback sacks in 2007 weren't a career-high--LaBoy posted 6.5 in 2005--LaBoy also forced four fumbles in 2007, which helped earn LaBoy a five-year, $22 million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals, which included $7.5 million dollars in guaranteed money.

LaBoy started 12 of 13 games for the Cardinals, totaling 31 tackles, including four quarterback sacks, but was limited by a biceps injury for much of the season. The Cardinals released LaBoy last August after it was determined that he'd need reconstructive foot surgery.

In addition to the injury concerns, LaBoy was suspended by the NFL for four games last December, so barring an appeal, LaBoy may not be available for the start of the 2010 regular season.

LaBoy expressed interest this off-season in returning to the Titans, and reportedly worked out for the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots this off-season. LaBoy attended Marin Catholic High School, so his signing with the 49ers should be popular with the local fanbase.

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