After back-to-back injury-plagued years with the Chargers, WR Travis Benjamin is headed north to San Francisco. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On a suddenly busy afternoon for auxiliary wide receiver deals, Travis Benjamin landed another job. The 49ers are signing the former Browns and Chargers receiver to a one-year deal, Ian Rapoport of tweets.

The defending NFC champions lost out on retaining Emmanuel Sanders, who signed with the Saints. While Benjamin is not on Sanders’ level, he stands to potentially help as a depth piece.

Benjamin, 30, entered free agency for a second time. The Chargers signed the deep threat/return man in 2016 but did not opt to bring him back for another deal. Benjamin missed most of the 2019 season and missed four games in 2018.

However, the former Browns fourth-round pick out of Miami posted north of 550 receiving yards in three straight seasons — from 2015-17 — and has four career punt-return touchdowns. Benjamin will attempt to make a 49ers team that features Deebo Samuel, Kendrick Bourne, slot receiver Trent Taylor and inconsistent 2018 second-rounder Dante Pettis.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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