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49ers sign former Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin

49ers, Travis Benjamin

The San Francisco 49ers have signed wide receiver Travis Benjamin to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Benjamin has spent the last four seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he was limited to just five games due to a quad injury. During the time he was on the field, he logged six catches for 30 yards.

The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Miami, was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round (100th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He appeared in 14 contests overall in his rookie year, catching 18 passes for 298 yards and a couple of touchdowns. He also added a punt return score. The following season, his season was cut short after eight games due to a torn ACL. Benjamin then rebounded in 2015, playing in every game and snaring 18 balls for 314 yards while reaching the end zone three times.

Benjamin then had a breakout campaign in 2016, hauling in 68 receptions for 966 yards and five touchdowns while also punching in a punt return score during his final year with the Browns.

That ensuing offseason, the Belle Glade, Fl. native signed a four-year, $24 million contract with the Chargers.

His first pair of seasons with the Bolts were productive. Benjamin registered 47 grabs for 677 yards and four scores in his debut season with the club, and in 2017, he totaled 34 receptions for 567 yards and four touchdowns.

However, over the last two years, Benjamin has amassed a total of 18 catches. The Chargers were not interested in bringing him back.