The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed third-year LB James Onwualu off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, the club announced today.
Onwualu, 6-1, 232, originally signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as a rookie free agent in 2017 and appeared in nine games, posting six special teams tackles during his rookie year. In 2018, he played in five games with the 49ers and registered two special teams tackles and one forced fumble.
The Saint Paul, Minn. native attended Notre Dame and began his college career as a wide receiver before switching to linebacker during his sophomore season. As a senior in 2016, he registered 75 tackles, three sacks and led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss. He attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School (Saint Paul, Minn.) and was named a first-team running back by the Minnesota Football Coaches Association in 2012.