The San Francisco 49ers have signed linebacker Eric Bakhtiari to a two-year deal in reaction to the three-game suspension dealt to Clark Haggans, The Sacramento Bee reports. Bakhtiari was a standout during the preseason and even led the 49ers in sacks before they cut him as they chiseled the roster down to 53 players.
That left the 49ers with only three outside linebackers on the roster. Parys Haralson was one of those, but he found himself on the injured reserve, leaving the 49ers to pick up Haggans.
But Haggans was suspended three games for violating the substance abuse policy, leaving the team with a hole to fill. That backup linebacker spot now belongs to Bakhtiari, who is out of San Diego. He has bounced around the NFL thus far in his career, having only played in three regular season games with the Tennessee Titans in 2009.
Haggans will return Oct. 8, and at that point the 49ers will have to cut a player from the active roster.