Rachal was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2008 NFL Draft in the second round (39th overall). He played college ball at USC.
As a member of the 49ers for four seasons, he was a starter for two and a half of them, starting 38 games over those four seasons. Current Cardinal Adam Snyder was a teammate of Rachal there and actually took his starting spot at right guard in 2011.
Rachal has been durable. In San Fran, he missed only one game.
In 2012, he was benched after Week 11. He left the team after the demotion, but returned the next day and apologized. However, the team placed him on the reserve/not injured list, which ended his season. Reportedly, the team had "serious concerns about Rachal's emotional state."
The team did not disclose the terms of the contract, or even if it was for one year or multiple years. Based on the free agent signings lately, it is likely a one-year, veteran minimum contract.
If Rachal can find the form he had while in San Francisco, he could be a good pickup. But if 2012 is what he has left, we will see if he makes it out of camp.
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