The San Francisco 49ers have signed LB Tavares Gooden to a one-year deal. To make room on the roster, the team released LB Antwan Applewhite, who had joined the team on July 31, 2011.
Gooden (6-1, 242) was originally drafted in the third round (71st overall) by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 NFL Draft. In three seasons with Baltimore, he played in 26 games (12 starts), logging 66 tackles on defense and 22 tackles on special teams. In 2010, Gooden appeared in 10 games and recorded 14 tackles. He started all 12 games in which he appeared in 2009, as he posted 52 tackles. Gooden appeared in four games as a rookie on special teams before being place on the Injured Reserve List with a hip injury. He has made three postseason appearances.
The 26-year old native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, starred collegiately at Miami, where he tallied 216 tackles, one sack, 11 tackles for a loss, eight hurries and one interception, in 49 games (25 starts).
Gooden’s position coach in Baltimore from 2008-09 was 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who served under John Harbaugh, brother of 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, at the time.
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