August 14, 2011

Lawrie Joins San Francisco

Former Eli TE Back in NFL

 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers have signed former Yale TE Nate Lawrie '04 to a one-year deal.

Lawrie (6-6, 255) was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He has played in 26 NFL games (five starts), registering four receptions for 43 yards. Lawrie has played for Tampa Bay (2004-05), the New Orleans Saints (2005-06) and the Cincinnati Bengals (2007-08), while also spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles (2004, 2010) and Baltimore Ravens (2008).

The new 49er end would have joined another former Yale TE on Jim Harbaugh's first NFL squad as a head coach, but Chris Blohm '11 was released after a few days on the roster.

Lawrie spent two seasons in the UFL, playing for the California Redwoods (2009) and the Sacramento Mountain Lions (2010), recording 26 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown.

The 29-year old native of Indianapolis, Ind., set the Yale record for receptions by a tight end in a single-season with 72 in 2003.