January 22, 2020

Anthony Zettel signed by 49ers

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SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday, Dec. 23 that the team signed West Branch native and Ogemaw Heights High School alumnus Anthony Zettle to a one-year contract. 

Zettel, 27, was a sixth-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 2016. During his four-year NFL career, Zettle has started in 16 games and appeared in 48, accruing 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a defensive lineman, according to a 49ers news release. 

Zettel previously signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 17 and appeared in four games before being waived by the team on Dec. 17. 

The move for Zettel is a substantial one, as he has left a team with a record of 1-14 trailing in last place in the AFC North to join a 12-3 49ers team which leads the NFC West at the time of his signing. 

Previous to being drafted in the NFL, Zettel had a successful college career at Penn State University, where he earned All Big-Ten honors in 2014. Over the course of his college career, he had 119 tackles, 38 tackles for a loss, 20 sacks and four interceptions. His profile on the Penn State football website credits him as “the only FBS player ranked among the national leaders in sacks and interceptions per game,” as well as “the first Penn State defensive lineman since 1959 with at least three interceptions.” 

In order to make room on the team’s roster, the 49ers announced they waived DL Jeremiah Valoaga, who appeared in four games and registered two tackles after being promoted to the team’s active roster on Nov. 27.

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