Kendricks joins 49ers as backup, special teams contributor

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ANTA CLARA — Linebacker Mychal Kendricks started 91 games in his first eight NFL seasons.

He signed with the 49ers this week to serve in a backup role, as well as lending a helping hand on special teams.

“We don’t have a ton of depth at linebacker,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We’ve had some guys hurt. He’s a guy who’s hopped in. He’s had a very good career. We’ve had to play against him.”

Kendricks, 31, played his first six years with the Philadelphia Eagles, where Shanahan, then Washington’s offensive coordinator, faced him twice a season for his first two years in the league.

More recently, Kendricks spent 2018 and ’19 with the Seattle Seahawks, starting 17 of the 18 games in which he appeared.

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