Report: Former 49ers LB Azeez Al-Shaair signs with the Tennessee Titans
Mar 14, 2023, 1:32 PM
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More players are departing the San Francisco 49ers, with linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair the latest to do so.
Reports surfaced Tuesday that the former 49ers linebacker would be leaving the Bay, signing with the Tennessee Titans for the foreseeable future. Contract details have not been disclosed at this time. Rumored to be heading to Texas to join DeMeco Ryans, Al-Shaair instead joining former 49ers executive Ran Carthon in Nashville.
ESPN’s Diana Russini was first with the news.
The Titans are expected to sign former 49er Azeez Al-Shaair, per source
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 14, 2023
Al-Shaair, 25, has been the sub linebacker fore the 49ers since being drafted in 2019. Stuck behind Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw on the depth chart, the linebacker was primed for a move elsewhere, a decision that his former colleagues were all for.
“I want him to go be somewhere where he can be the guy,” Warner said about Al-Shaair at the Pro Bowl. “For as long as he’s here, unfortunately, I’m here. He wants to go be the Fred Warner somewhere else. Not to toot my own horn, but he certainly wants to go be the guy. And I want that for him.”
Azeez Al-Shaair will now get that chance, likely stepping into the No.1 spot with the Titans.
New #Titans LB Azeez Al-Shaair played 303 (42.2%) snaps last season for the 49ers. He was out for all of October due to an MCL tear in his right knee. Al-Shaair started 13 games in 2021 posting 102 tackles, 9 TFLs, and an INT.
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 14, 2023
Only playing in 12 games in 2022 due to injury, Al-Shaair finished the season with 44 combined tackles, one QB hit and one TFL. Steeping into a leading role the year prior, the Florida Atlantic product recorded 102 tackles, two sacks, nine TFLs, five passes defended and one INT in 2021.
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