The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed S Raymond Ventrone to a one-year contract. In order to make room for Ventrone on the roster, the team has waived FB Jason Schepler.
Ventrone (5-10, 200) has played in 73 career games with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns, registering 50 career tackles and 39 special teams stops. He originally entered in the league in 2005 as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots. Ventrone spent time on the Patriots and New York Jets practice squads before making his NFL debut with the Patriots in 2007. He was released by the Patriots on September 5, 2009, and later signed with the Browns on September 16, 2009. Ventrone spent the last four seasons in Cleveland. In 2012, he appeared in 12 games and recorded seven special teams tackles.
A 29-year-old native of Pittsburgh, PA, Ventrone attended Villanova University, where he appeared in 35 games and notched 251 tackles, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed in is four-year career.
Schepler (6-2, 274) originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois on May 14. Schepler played tight end in college but was looking to transition to fullback with the 49ers.
Ventrone becomes the 8th safety on the 49ers' 90-man roster. Ventrone is familiar with the recently hired offensive consultant Eric Mangini from his stints with Cleveland, New York, and New England.
San Francisco 49ers' media services contributed to this report.