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49ers sign LB Wheeler


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The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Philip Wheeler on Thursday, reinforcing a position that has been weakened by the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.

The 49ers also released kick returner Trindon Holliday and waived guard Fouimalo Fonoti and wide receiver Lance Lewis.

Wheeler was released by the Miami Dolphins in March and had visited the 49ers earlier in April.

Wheeler, 30, has started 60 games over seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2008-11), Oakland Raiders (2012) and Dolphins. He signed a five-year, $26 million deal with the Dolphins in 2013, but he lost his starting job in 2014 and finished with just 46 tackles.

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