One day after the San Francisco 49ers signed ex-Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Arden Key to a one-year deal, the team has added one of his former teammates.
According to his Twitter account on Thursday, April 22, former Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. is signing with the Niners for the 2021 season.
“49ers Let’s Go to Work!! This defense is about to go crazy!! Time to eat!,” Hurst wrote.
49ers Let’s Go to Work!! This defense is about to go crazy!! Time to eat!
— Maurice Hurst Jr (@mohurstjr) April 22, 2021
Both Hurst and Key were released by Las Vegas on April 15 after three seasons with the club.
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Hurst Led Raiders in Sacks as a Rookie
Hurst, who was drafted in the fifth round in 2018 — 53 picks after Key came off the board — is coming off of a turbulent season that saw him spend two weeks on the reserve/COVID-19 list in October 2020 and be ruled inactive for four other contests despite playing well through the first quarter of the season. Overall in 11 games, the soon-to-be 26-year-old finished with 27 combined tackles and a career-low 0.5 sacks despite leading the Raiders in the category (4.0) as a rookie in 2018.
For his career, Hurst has compiled 76 total tackles, 17 quarterback hits, 8.0 sacks, seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in 40 games (17 starts). The 6-foot-2, 291-pounder will now join a 49ers defensive tackle room featuring the likes of Javon Kinlaw, DJ Jones, Kevin Givens and offseason addition Zach Kerr.
According to Sports Info Solutions, Hurst ranked 11th among interior defensive linemen with 100 or more pass rushes in pressure rate last season. In 2019, he ranked as high as sixth in the category.
Chris Licata is an NFL contributor covering the San Francisco 49ers. Follow him on Twitter @Chris__Licata or join the Heavy on 49ers Facebook community for the latest out of the Bay Area!