49ers sign former top-10 pick, wide receiver Kevin White

49ers, Kevin White (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
49ers, Kevin White (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco 49ers have signed former top-10 draft pick, wide receiver Kevin White.

The San Francisco 49ers have essentially experienced a complete overhaul of the wide receiver position over the last few weeks and that continued on Thursday with the signing of Kevin White.

As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 49ers have signed White after he worked out for the team and completed his physical on Wednesday.

This comes one day after reports broke that the team had signed former Denver Broncos widout River Cracraft. White is the fifth veteran wide receiver that the 49ers have signed over the past couple of weeks.

He joins the likes of Tavon Austin and J.J. Nelson on the active roster. The other receiver that was signed, veteran Jaron Brown, was released to make room for White.

Kevin White will look to revitalize his career with the 49ers.

The seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, White entered the NFL with plenty of fanfare but quickly faded due to an unprecedented number of injuries.

White missed the entirety of his rookie season with a stress fracture in his shin and returned in 2016 only to play in just four games before landing on the injured reserve again — this time with a broken fibula in the same leg that forced him to miss his rookie campaign.

Hopes were high that a finally-healthy White would be able to turn things around in 2017, but he was bit by the injury bug once again fracturing his left shoulder blade once again knocking him out for the season.

By the time 2018 rolled around, White — who had already had his fifth-year option declined — was considered an afterthought in the Chicago Bears’ offense. He played in nine games hauling in just four catches before his Bears career came to an end.

White signed with the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 offseason, but was released in August following a lingering hamstring injury. Now with the 49ers, he’ll attempt to salvage his once-promising career.

Given the injuries up and down the 49ers receiving corps to the likes of Deebo Samuel, Richie James, Jalen Hurd, and Brandon Aiyuk, White should be given ample opportunities to make an impact.

Unfortunately, even at age 28, he simply hasn’t been able to develop much, directly as a result of his poor injury luck.

But perhaps head coach Kyle Shanahan will be able to maximize White’s impressive blend of size and speed and allow him to play in his first regular-season game in two years.

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In what might be his final shot, Kevin White is out to prove that he still has something left to offer the NFL.