49ers sign Chris Owusu as undrafted free agent
Although former Stanford receiver Chris Owusu suffered three concussions in a 13-month span in college, the 49ers signed him to a free agent deal following the NFL draft.
|This was the last time Owusu played, suffering a concussion Nov. 5 vs. Oregon State. (US Presswire)|
Before the NFL draft began, at least one team apparently wiped Stanford receiver Chris Owusu completely off its draft board because he had suffered three concussions in a 13-month span. It didn’t matter if Owusu had the talent of Robert Griffin III, that team, under no circumstances, was going to pick Owusu.
As CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson wrote earlier Sunday, Dr. Robert Cantu, the co-chair of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee, said the NFL might, at some point, look at barring college players who have a significant concussion history from playing in the NFL. The kind of player, perhaps, like Owusu.
Luckily for him, the 49ers were not that team and there is no such rule, and instead, San Francisco has signed him as an undrafted free agent, according to CSN Bay Area.
Though Owusu ran a blazing time at the NFL combine in February, he hasn’t played football since Nov. 5 when he suffered another concussion against Oregon State and had to be taken off the field by an ambulance.
That didn’t stop the 49ers from signing him shortly after the draft ended, though.
"Chris wasn't wiped off our board," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "You've got to remember, he was cleared to play by the same group of doctors that work with us on a regular basis. He certainly was not off our board."
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