49ers Sign S Kai Nacua To Practice Squad, Cut LB Rashad Smith

According to Matt Maiocco, the 49ers signed S Kai Nacua to their practice squad on Friday and released LB Rashad Smith in a corresponding move. 

Kai Nacua

San Francisco’s practice squad now includes: 

  1. DE Alex Barrett
  2. WR Travis Benjamin
  3. WR River Cracraft
  4. DT Darrion Daniels
  5. T Alfredo Gutierrez (International)
  6. RB Josh Hokit
  7. G Senio Kelemete
  8. WR Jordan Matthews
  9. DB Jared Mayden
  10. T Colton McKivitz
  11. QB Nate Sudfeld
  12. TE Tanner Hudson
  13. DB Dee Virgin
  14. WR Isaiah Zuber
  15. CB Dontae Johnson
  16. LB Nathan Gerry
  17. S Kai Nacua

Nacua, 26, wound up signing a three-year, $1.66 million contract with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of BYU back in 2017. He was cut loose coming out of the preseason and spent the season on Cleveland’s practice squad.

Nacua was waived following the 2018 draft and later claimed by the Ravens but was among their final roster cuts. From there, he had brief stints with the Panthers and Colts before the 49ers signed him to their practice. He returned to San Francisco this past January on a futures contract but was among their final roster cuts. 

In 2020, Nacua appeared in five games for the 49ers and recorded one tackle. 

During college career at BYU, Nacua recorded 165 tackles, 14 interceptions with two behind returned for touchdowns, 12 pass defenses, a forced fumble and a recovery over the course of 38 games and four seasons.

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