The Detroit Lions added much-needed depth for their linebacker corps on Monday, signing Nick Bellore to a one-year contract.
Bellore, who went undrafted out of Central Michigan in 2011, has been a solid special-teams player for most of his six-year career.
Bellore spent the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He appeared in 14 games last season, starting 10. He had 77 tackles (55 solo) last season, along with one sack, one interception, five pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Bellore, who turns 28 next month, played four seasons with the New York Jets before signing with the 49ers in 2015.
He should compete for a roster spot with backup linebacker Thurston Armbrister and fellow special-teams standout Brandon Copeland this fall. Tahir Whitehead, Paul Worrilow and Antwione Williams are penciled in as the Lions’ starting linebackers, and the team is expected to add at least one player at the position in this month’s draft.