Harbaugh: 'We're the 49ers, we can do whatever we want'
It's a big day for GM Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh, who will cut ties with more than 20 players. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
With Lavelle Hawkins cut, the 49ers will stick with five wide receivers to open the season: Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Editor's note: The 49ers must trim their roster from 75 players to reach the NFL's regular-season limit of 53 players by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Insider Matt Maiocco will provide a running list of the 49ers roster movement:
--At the 3 p.m. deadline, the 49ers confirmed all the below roster moves -- except for the signing of fullback Owen Marecic. They also announced the following players were released: tight end MarQueis Gray, running back Jewel Hampton, linebacker Joe Holland, wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, nose tackle Mike Purcell and tackle Kenny Wiggins. The 49ers did not sign Marecic on Saturday, but he did participate in a workout at the 49ers' Santa Clara practice facility, the team reported to the NFL.
--Defensive lineman and special-teams contributor Demarcus Dobbs will not count toward the 53-man roster to open the season, as he goes on the reserve/suspended list. On Aug. 14, the NFL suspended Dobbs for one game for violating the league policy on substances of abuse. When Dobbs is eligible to return to action for Week 2, the 49ers must release Dobbs or someone else to create roster spot for Dobbs.
--Undrafted rookie offensive lineman Patrick Omameh of Michigan was waived. (Sacramento Bee)
--The 49ers waived undrafted rookie cornerback Darryl Morris, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Morris and Marcus Cooper are strong candidates for the team's practice squad if they clear waivers.
--Wide receiver Austin Collie has been informed of his release, CSNBayArea.com confirmed. (Bee) Collie caught five passes for 51 yards in the exhibition season. He and Lavelle Hawkins were signed on Aug. 2 after taking part in a workout at the 49ers practice facility. From 2009 to 2011, Collie averaged 57 catches for 613 yards and five touchdowns per season while with the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared in just one game last season before sustaining a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. The 49ers plan to go with Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Jon Baldwin, Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore as the team's five wide receivers to open the season. Mario Manningham (knee) could be ready shortly after Week 6. Michael Crabtree is expected back later in the season.
--Wide receiver Chad Hall was waived. (Adam Caplan, Sirius XM NFL Radio)
--The 49ers released safety Trenton Robinson, a sixth-round draft pick in 2012. He has practice squad eligibility after suiting up for only three games last season.
--Seventh-round draft picks Carter Bykowski, an offensive tackle, and cornerback Marcus Cooper have been waived. A source confirmed Bykowski had been waived. The Bee reported Cooper's departure.
--Long-snapper Brian Jennings, who was perfect in his 13 seasons with the club, was clearing out his locker Saturday morning, a source told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers will open the season with undrafted rookie Kevin McDermott as the team's new long-snapper. Jennings turns 37 next month. The 49ers will save $535,000 in salary with their decision to go with McDermott. Jennings appeared in 208 consecutive games with the 49ers since being a seventh-round draft pick in 2000. Jennings and Len Rohde share the all-time 49ers record.
--Veteran wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins was released, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Hawkins supplied the two most memorable plays of the exhibition season with a 105-yard kickoff return against Minnesota and a 45-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown against San Diego. And that, more than likely, means the 49ers will stick with five wide receivers to open the season: Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin.
--The 49ers released wide receiver/special-teams player Kassim Osgood, he announced via Twitter.
--The 49ers will sign free-agent fullback Owen Marecic, reports CSN Bay Area contributor Kyle Bonagura. The Cleveland Browns released Marecic this week. Jim Harbaugh has an affinity for Marecic from their time together at Stanford. Harbaugh pushed for the 49ers to draft him in 2011, but the Browns got him in the fourth round. Said Harbaugh at the time, "We did everything we could to get him here and we came up short on that one. Cleveland got an outstanding football player in Owen Marecic."
--Guard Wayne Tribue, a first-year player from Temple, was released. (Chronicle)
--Fullback Jason Schepler, an undrafted rookie from Northern Illinois, has been waived.
--Safety Michael Thomas announced via Twitter just before 9 a.m. that the 49ers released him. Thomas originally joined the 49ers as an undrafted rookie from Stanford. He spent last season on the practice squad. Thomas has practice squad eligibility.
--Rookie linebacker Travis Johnson of San Jose State was waived. (Chronicle)
--Veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace said he asked for his release from the 49ers. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wallace expressed his desire of "not continuing playing football." In any event, Wallace will not be playing football for the 49ers. That leaves the 49ers with three quarterbacks: Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy and rookie B.J. Daniels.