The NFL waiver claim process for players released as teams cut down to their initial 53-man rosters became official at 9:00 am Wednesday. As a result, the San Francisco 49ers lost just three players.
The Arizona Cardinals claimed offensive linemen Keith Ismael and Ilm Manning. San Francisco was expected to try and bring both back as practice members of their practice squad. Instead, Ismael and Manning will join the Cardinals 53-man roster.
These two claims say more about talent on the rosters of the two NFC West rosters than a mistake by San Francisco. Ismael and Manning were both impressive in training camp and the preseason. However, neither were able to elevate themselves beyond the third team offensive line with the 49ers. Now they are just an injury away from playing in regular season games for the Cardinals.
San Francisco was also expected to bring back cornerback D’Shawn Jamison. Jamison was claimed by the Carolina Panthers.
The undrafted rookie free agent showed promise throughout the offseason and looked poised to make the roster. Instead, the 49ers chose to stick with veteran Isaiah Oliver, likely due to the $2.91 million guarantee they used to sign the free agent this offseason.
San Francisco has begun the process of filling out their practice squad. The 49ers could add up to 16 players, 17 if they chose to bring back Alfredo Guitierrez. As part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program, Gutierrez is eligible for an international player practice squad exemption, granting the 49ers an extra practice squad member that is ineligible to be activated during the 2023 season.
This is the unofficial 49ers practice squad tracker. It will be updated throughout the day:
FB Jack Colletto
DT Marlon Davidson
DT T.Y. McGill
LB Curtis Robinson
OT Leroy Watson
CB Shemar Jean-Charles (Packers)
C/G Corey Luciano
DB Qwuantrezz Knight
CB Tre Swilling
DL Alex Barrett
WR Chris Conley
TE Troy Fumagalli
OL Alfredo Gutierrez
RB Brian Hill
WR Tay Martin
WR Willie Snead
WR Isaiah Winstead
Other roster news:
According to Kyle Shanahan, WR Danny Gray is being placed on IR. He could be designated to return later in the year. Shanahan also stated there is an outside chance Ray-Ray McCloud will be able to return from a fractured wrist in time for week one at Pittsburgh.
In addition to the receivers, rookie defensive end Robert Beal Jr. is headed to IR with a possible designation to return.
The 49ers announced they have signed defensive ends Kerry Hyder and Austin Bryant. The two veterans fill the open roster spots created by the Gray and Beal Jr. moves.