Costanzo Signs With 49ers
Aug. 4, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Former Lafayette football standout Blake Costanzo '06 has inked a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers, putting his name on a contract that could be worth as much as $800,000 according to The Bergen Record.
Costanzo spent the past two seasons with the Cleveland Browns playing under current 49ers assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely, who coached the Browns special teams at the time. During his career, Costanzo (6-1, 235) has played in 45 games, notching 54 tackles, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries on special teams.
In 2009, Costanzo played in all 16 games, notching 14 tackles with three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble on special teams. He was selected to SI.com's All-Pro team on special teams that season. In 2010, he played in 10 games and recorded seven tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams before a groin injury that required surgery forced him to miss the final six games.
After graduating from Lafayette in 2006, Costanzo signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent and later spent time with the Buffalo Bills from 2007-08, playing in 19 games and registering 33 special teams tackles, including a team-high 26 stops in 2008. He was claimed off waivers by Cleveland in June 2009.
Costanzo, a 27-year old native of Franklin Lakes, N.J. and a 2002 Ramapo High School graduate, finished his Lafayette career with 307 tackles, 18 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 12 passes defended. He was part of three Patriot League championships teams.
On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers signed another former Ramapo standout in Chris Hogan (Monmouth Univ.) who signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on July 26.
The 49ers are currently in training camp in Santa Clara, Calif. under first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh who took over the 49ers after a successful tenure at Stanford University.
Information from The Bergen Record and 49ers.com was used in this article.