Once believed to be the successor of Baltimore Ravens’ future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, the San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Tavares Gooden to a one-year contract, according to team’s press release.
Gooden is a talented football player—and understanding that the, then-32 years old, aging, but effective Lewis (now 36) was approaching retirement—Gooden was hoped to carry No. 52’s torch. Clearly, due to the injuries he sustained over his four-year NFL career, he has not lived up to his full potential.
The Ravens released the 6-2, 242-pound linebacker from the University of Miami in 2011 and signed with the 49ers shortly afterwards. Since joining the 49ers, Gooden has been a mainstay for their special teams as he played in all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests last season, registering 12 special teams tackles.
“Tavares was an integral part of our success on special teams last year,” said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke, via team’s press release. “He...