SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Linebacker Michael Wilhoite signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, nearly two months after the restricted free agent was tendered a contract.

He started all 12 games he played last season and 16 in 2014. The 29-year-old Wilhoite took on a greater role after five-time All-Pro Patrick Willis retired in March 2015 followed by fellow linebacker Chris Borland.

Wilhoite had 85 tackles, an interception and a pass defensed last season for the 49ers, who went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year. He will play this season for new coach Chip Kelly, who replaced Jim Tomsula in January.

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