The 49ers made an 11th-hour addition to their defensive backfield on Monday by announcing the signing of cornerback Darcel McBath, just three days from the start of training camp.
But McBath doesn’t come to the 49ers as a complete stranger, as the former Texas Tech star played college ball with receiver Michael Crabtree and learned from defensive backs coach Ed Donatell with the Denver Broncos for two seasons. The 2009 second-round selection can play both cornerback and safety, saying he’s grateful for the opportunity to join the 49ers.
“I’ve been training hard, eating right and doing everything I’m supposed to do to stay healthy,” McBath said. “Now it’s just taking care of my body and playing hard.”
McBath broke his arm in December 2011 while playing in a game with the Jacksonville Jaguars but said he’s “100 percent” recovered. The fourth-year player said the 49ers approached him about a possible job within the past week and that his history with Donatell helped him make the decision.
“We had a good relationship,” McBath said. “He taught me a lot there in Denver. I wouldn’t be the player I am today without him helping me my career, showing me the right things to do and the things not to do when we were in Denver. He’s continuing that here.”
McBath also played alongside 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox in 2010 under Donatell’s guidance. For his career, McBath has played in 21 games (one start), recording 28 tackles and two interceptions.
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