49ers cut three key special-teams players

49ers cut three key special-teams players
August 30, 2014, 10:15 am
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Kassim Osgood, Kevin McDermott and C.J. Spillman were all waived by the 49ers on Saturday. (USATSI)

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The 49ers parted ways Saturday morning with three key contributors on special teams.

The 49ers released veteran safety C.J. Spillman and wide receiver Kassim Osgood -- two players who have performed well throughout their careers in kick coverage.

Spillman had been one of the team’s top performers on special teams since his arrival with the team in 2010. The move saves the 49ers from paying his $1.225 million salary for the upcoming season.

Spillman reacted to his release on Instagram: "Wanna thank everyone from the 49ers organization from the Top down. One place who does things first class. Also wanna thank the 49er fans and the Bay Area for all their support thru the years! Just another stop in the road on life's long journey!"

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Osgood, whom 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh awarded a game ball after he blocked a punt Thursday night against the Houston Texans, was also cut at this time last season. Because Osgood is a vested veteran, the 49ers would have to guarantee his entire $955,000 salary for the season if he were on the Week 1 roster. Osgood could return as early as next week.

But a big surprise on cut-down day was the team’s decision to waive second-year long-snapper Kevin McDermott, the man who beat out Brian Jennings for the job a year ago.

McDermott performed flawlessly for the 49ers as a rookie, but the 49ers opted to go with Kyle Nelson due to his athleticism to run down the field to make tackles, too.

Nelson gives the 49ers added value as a tight end. He caught six passes for 21 yards in the exhibition season, including two touchdowns in the 49ers’ 40-13 victory over the Houston Texans on Thursday in the finale.

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