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Report: Buffalo Bills meet with special teamer Mark Nzeocha, but he returns to San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers special teamer would add depth at linebacker

NFL: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills hosted free agent linebacker Mark Nzeocha yesterday. Nzeocha, 29, played with the San Francisco 49ers for the last two seasons. ESPN’s Mike Rodak tweeted the information Thursday afternoon, relaying information from Field Yates.

Born in Germany, Nzeocha played his college ball at the University of Wyoming, and he was a member of the Mountain West Academic All-Conference Award team for three straight years (2012-2014). While in college, he played linebacker, free safety, and strong safety. His best season came during his junior year, where he totaled 101 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles, and two passes defended.

After an ACL tear during his senior year, he entered the NFL in 2015. Nzeocha was originally drafted in the seventh round (263rd overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft. After joining the 49ers in 2017, he played sparingly until last season. He appeared in all 16 games, making three starts. He totaled 22 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and one pass defended on the year. Primarily a special teams contributor, Nzeocha led the 49ers in special-teams snaps with 354, or 76.46% of the team’s total.

Nzeocha would provide special-teams helps for the Bills, along with some much-needed depth at linebacker behind presumed starters Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano, and Lorenzo Alexander. Currently, Buffalo’s backup linebackers are Corey Thompson, Julian Stanford, and Deon Lacey.


He's re-signing with the 49ers.