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Former Lions CB Teez Tabor Signing With 49ers [Report]

Teez Tabor was a former second round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2017, but the cornerback didn’t make the team this fall and was cut. He has now found a new home with the San Francisco 49ers.

According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tabor signed with the 49ers on Monday. As Rapoport says, Tabor will be heading to the team’s practice squad after the move.

Tabor, who played for the Florida Gators in college, came into the NFL as a much maligned prospect before he even made a professional roster. Many questioned his speed and playmaking ability after a tough performance at the NFL Combine. Detroit never wavered in making him an early round pick, however. General manager Bob Quinn stood behind the pick and explained it would take time for Tabor to develop.

Once in Detroit, Tabor struggled to see the field in a major way. He was unable to earn many meaningful reps with the Lions as a rookie, and was beat out by other veteran options on the team. Consistently, Tabor found a way to make plays in practice during the offseason, but could not put his best foot forward and lock down a starting role for the regular season.

During the 2018 year, Tabor struggled when he saw limited action during regular season games with the Lions, only putting up 28 tackles on the year. He was known more for the plays he didn’t make with the Lions as a result. When the team added Rashaan Melvin, Amani Oruwariye and Justin Coleman this past offseason, the writing was on the wall that his time was probably up. Detroit made the move to slash him from the roster prior to the 2019 season.

In San Francisco, John Lynch will be banking on Tabor being able to rediscover some form on the practice squad and perhaps hang around long enough to push for some type of role on the team. At the very least it represents a chance for Tabor, and it’s one he did not have previously after his opportunity with the Lions expired.

To date, Tabor has only contributed 42 total tackles in the NFL and no interceptions.

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