Update from Kyle, 12:11 a.m. PT: Tashaun Gipson has been released, by Adam Schefter. He is an option to return to the practice squad.
Update from Kyle, 11:41 a.m. PT: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Malik Turner has been cut. Shanahan spoke enthusiastically about Turner, saying he liked that he took advantage of his opportunity. This is the first surprise. I doubt he’ll succeed on waivers.
Update from Kyle, 11:33 a.m. PT: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Niners let go of Kemoko Turay, Dontae Johnson and Justin Skule. Turay got caught in a numbers game. I imagine Jordan Willis’ familiarity and preseason success landed him the job.
Johnson will likely be back, especially with Jimmie Ward expected to miss the first month of the season.
I’m not sure Skule has done enough to earn a spot on the practice squad.
Update from Kyle, 11:04 a.m. PT: The 49ers waived CB Qwuantrezz Knight. He’s a safe bet to return to the practice squad
Update from Kyle, 10:30 a.m. PT: By Athletic’s Matt Barrows, the 49ers waived rookie LB Segun Olubi. He is energetic and athletic. We can expect him to return to the practice squad.
Update from Kyle, 9:53 a.m. PT: The 49ers released rookies Jason Poe, JaMycal Hasty and Tariq Castro-Fields. Poe is a bit of a surprise to some, but he’s had some issues during pre-season. Some of them were due to things he couldn’t control, like his height. Poe is promising and is expected to return via the practice squad.
Castro-Fields looked like a sixth-round pick. It will need time to develop, as you’d expect. He’s another candidate for the practice squad.
I wouldn’t say Hasty is a big surprise. He’s fine, but Hasty has a very specific role. That’s probably good news for Jordan Mason, who the Niners couldn’t risk losing by waiver. Mason has the potential to be a game-changer.
#49ers‘ Reductions reported so far:
CB Tariq Castro-Champs
CB Ken Crawley
C.B. Ka’Dar Hollman
WR Marcus Johnson
OT Jordan Mills
OL Jason Poe
WR Willie Snead
WR Tay Martin
OL Dohnovan West
18** more cuts to be made to bring the squad down to 53 players.
— Akash Anavarathan (@akashanav) August 30, 2022
Update from Kyle, 9:15 a.m. PT: The Niners released WR Willie Snead. The veteran was brought in after the start of training camp, but his fall in the end zone in the pre-season finale was his lasting impression.
Update from Kyle, 9:02 a.m. PT: WR Marcus Johnson was released, by Tom Pelissero. The wide receiver room looks ready, with Malik Turner taking the last spot.
We’ll see what San Francisco decides to do at running back, tight end, offensive line, and defensive line. If we have any surprises, they will be in these positions.
Update from Kyle, 8:40 a.m. PT: According to Aaron Wilson, the 49ers released offensive tackle Jordan Mills. It was signed on August 6. Mills had an opportunity to earn the swing tackle spot once Jaylon Moore was injured, but never separated from the pack.
The 49ers haven’t released anyone yet Tuesday morning, but that won’t last long. Until then, let’s take a look at some of the other downsizings happening in the league.
After trading for former 49er quarterback Nick Mullens, the The Vikings gave up 2021 Third Round Pick Kellen Mond. Do you remember this gem?
There is speculation that the Texas will go after Monday. Based on a limited sample size, it didn’t seem like it had much to offer.
The Lions waived cornerback AJ Parker, who started 13 games for them last season. San Francisco might be interested in Parker because you can never have enough depth. Parker performed well against the NFC West last season, allowing just 52 yards on 10 targets late last year against the Cardinals.
One name that might catch Kyle Shanahan’s eye is tight end OJ Howard, who Bills released Tuesday morning. Buffalo took a $2.62 million deadshot to keep Howard out of their team. The former first-round pick hasn’t done anything meaningful in the NFL since 2019. If you remember, when he was at Alabama, most of his production was in a few games. Still, at 27, with his size and speed, it could be worth a flyer.
We’ll continue to update any notable discounts around the NFL and when the 49ers move.