Niners bolster secondary with signing of veteran CB James

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that they have signed free-agent cornerback William James to a one-year deal, bolstering their secondary.

Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

James will begin his 10th NFL season after spending last season with the Detroit Lions, starting 14 of 16 games and recording 73 tackles with two interceptions and one touchdown.

James, 30, spent his first five seasons with the New York Giants, who selected him in the third round of the 2001 NFL draft. He then played two years for the Philadelphia Eagles, then one with the Jacksonville Jaguars before going to Detroit.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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