AP source: 49ers sign safety George Odum

March 18, 2022 GMT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a three-year deal with safety and special teams star George Odum.

A person familiar with the deal said Friday that Odum’s contract is worth $10.95 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced.

Odum spent the past four seasons in Indianapolis after being signed in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Central Arkansas in 2018. Odum has done his best work on special teams, where he was a first-team All-Pro in 2020 and is tied for the NFL lead in tackles over the past two seasons with 23.

Upgrading the special teams units was a priority this offseason for San Francisco after struggling there for much of last season.

Odum also adds depth to the secondary with starting safety Jaquiski Tartt an unrestricted free agent. Jimmie Ward is set to start at free safety, with Talanoa Hufanga and Tarvarius Moore likely to compete at strong safety.

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Odum can play both spots and started seven games last season at safety for the Colts. He had a career-high 55 tackles last season, along with one interception, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Odum has 150 career tackles with two interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.

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