Today marked the day for NFL teams to finalize moves for their 53-man roster and for the San Francisco 49ers there were a number of moves that were surprising and others that weren’t. Here’s a look at the 21 players that got released and the one trade that got made to reach the required roster size.
LB Eric Bakhtiari, LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, LB Joe Holland, LB Cam Johnson, LB Kenny Rowe, LB Michael Wilhoite, RB Rock Cartwright, T Derek Hall, T Al Netter, T Mike Person, T Kenny Wiggins, DT Tony Jerod-Eddie, DT Matthew Masifilio, QB Josh Johnson, CB Anthony Mosley, TE Kyle Nelson, TE Konrad Reuland, WR Chris Owusu, WR Nathan Palmer, WR Brett Swain, and S Michael Thomas.
Traded to the Carolina Panthers for a seventh round pick in either 2013 or 2014 was safety Colin Jones who made his mark in his only season with the 49ers on special teams and he played in 13 game and registered six tackles.
A surprising move was letting Bakhtiari go as he had a very good preseason and impressed at outside linebacker. He ranked second on the team with 15 tackles in the preseason and had 2.5 sacks which led the team.
When the preseason began Anthony Dixon was the odd man out in the backfield because of the signing of Cartwright and Brandon Jacobs, the drafting of LaMichael James, second year back Kendall Hunter and starter Frank Gore.
Yet, Dixon looked very good in the preseason playing on special teams like he did in 2011 and played some fullback. He had 42 carries for 171 yards, a 4.1 yards per carry average, two touchdowns and a long of 26.
His solid play meant that Cartwright became the odd man out.
Also, surprising was letting go of Johnson who had a great night on Thursday in the 49ers last preseason game and he had been coached by Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego.
One release that didn’t happen which was surprising is that of cornerback Tramaine Brock who struggled in coverage though he did have a good game against the San Diego Chargers.
The remaining moves weren’t much of a surprise and a few will end up on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.