Earlier today, the San Francisco 49ers made another roster move which freed up a spot on the active roster in preparation for getting ready to activate one of several players who have started the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and or reserved list. Yesterday, Tank Carradine was activated to the 53-man roster in a move to add a pass rusher and depth along the defensive line. The move made by the 49ers earlier on Wednesday was releasing wide receiver Marlon Moore.
The move to release Moore onto itself by the 49ers is not a shocking one given that Moore was currently the team’s fourth or fifth wide receiver but the release of Moore is significant as it signals that another move will be made real soon. The move, which 49ers fans can expect to be made hear either sometime during the bye week or sometime next week, is Mario Manningham being activated onto the 53-man roster.
Manningham has already been back practicing with the 49ers for the past two weeks as he was activated from the PUP list on the week that the 49ers played against the Tennessee Titans. Given that Manningham has been back practicing with the team for the past two weeks, the release of one of the wide receivers that are currently on the roster is not surprising and expected. The only question was when the corresponding move(s) would be made. While many 49ers fans would have probably liked to have seen Kyle Williams being released, it was always going to be either Moore or Jon Baldwin who would be released to make way for Manningham’s return.
With Manningham set to return, the 49ers are getting an additional weapon back on offense who will add and provide Colin Kaepernick with another passing option which he can rely upon for the final eight games of the season and in turn, improve the 49ers passing attack. With Marlon Moore being released, this is just the latest move in a series of moves that will be made to make way for players who have been on the PUP or reserved list and will be activated in the coming weeks.