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After tryout, 49ers sign former Boise State safety Chanceller James

Boise State safety Chanceller James (3) celebrates a tackle against UNLV on Nov. 18, 2016, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise.
Boise State safety Chanceller James (3) celebrates a tackle against UNLV on Nov. 18, 2016, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Former Boise State safety Chanceller James had rookie minicamp tryouts lined up with the 49ers and Saints the first two weekends of May as he tried to make an NFL roster after being undrafted. Now, he has no need to worry about the second one.

The 49ers announced Monday they have signed three players out of 56 that were on a tryout basis in minicamp over the weekend, and James was one of them.

James (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) was the Broncos’ leader with three interceptions last season and added 80 tackles. He had a strong showing at Boise State’s pro day, running a 4.54-second 40-yard dash, 31 inches in the vertical jump and 21 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press. The 49ers’ 90-man roster currently has five safeties, including James.

Boise State now has seven rookies currently under contract: Jeremy McNichols (Tampa Bay) and Tanner Vallejo (Buffalo), who both were drafted, and undrafted free agents Thomas Sperbeck (Tampa Bay), Jonathan Moxey (Tampa Bay), Sam McCaskill (Minnesota), Travis Averill (Falcons) and James (49ers).

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