49ers sign Lawrence Okoye to reserve/future contract

Perhaps the most glaring omission from the list of reserve/future signings when the San Francisco 49ers announced five such moves on Tuesday was project defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye.

That changed Friday when the signing of Okoye to a reserve/future contract was revealed on the NFL’s transaction wire.

The 6-feet-6, 304-pound Okoye was a British Olympic discus thrower who began playing organized football in 2013, when he spent the season on injured reserve with the 49ers before spending this past season on the Niners’ practice squad.

Okoye has seen some practice reps on the offensive line, but the 49ers insisted late in the season his future was on the defensive side of the ball. With Ray McDonald released and Justin Smith contemplating retirement, the Niners might need additional depth on the D-line.

The five already signed to reserve/future contracts – running back Kendall Gaskins, tight end Xavier Grimble, receiver Lance Lewis, tackle Chris Martin and nose tackle Garrison Smith.