49ers transaction tracker

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49ers transaction tracker

Every NFL team must cut from the 75-player limit to the regular-season roster limit of 53 players. That means 704 players across the NFL will receive bad news.The deadline is Friday, 6 p.m.Special teams and versatility are important on final cutdown date. It appears as if running back Anthony Dixon, a core special-teams player, has worked his way into a roster spot.The 49ers traded special-teamer Colin Jones to the Carolina Panthers for a seventh-round draft pick. Scout.com first reported the trade. The Sacramento Bee first reported the compensation. And the team has informed veteran Rock Cartwright of his release.
This post will be updated throughout the day as confirmed reports of 49ers roster moves surface:--Wide receiver Brett Swain, whom the 49ers signed in the middle of last season, was released, as first reported by Sirius XM. He caught six passes for 63 yards in the exhibition season.Swain does not have practice squad eligibility based on the 16 games he played for the Green Bay Packers in 2010. A player is not eligible for the practice squad if he is on the active list for nine or more games in any one season.--Cornerback Anthony Mosley, a source told CSNBayArea.com, and linebacker Joe Holland (San Francisco Chronicle) have been released.--On Saturday, teams will be able to start constructing their eight-player practice squads.MORE TO COME
Here's a list of the 49ers' known roster moves Friday to reach the 53-player limit:Trade
S Colin Jones to Carolina Panthers for seventh-round draft pickWaived
RB Rock Cartwright
LB Joe Holland
CB Anthony Mosley
WR Brett Swain
49ers current roster
OFFENSE
Quarterbacks
11-Alex Smith
7-Colin Kaepernick
1-Josh Johnson
3-Scott TolzienRunning backs
21-Frank Gore
32-Kendall Hunter
45-Brandon Jacobs
23-LaMichael James
49-Bruce Miller
24-Anthony DixonWide receivers
15-Michael Crabtree
84-Randy Moss
82-Mario Manningham
19-Ted Ginn
10-Kyle Williams
17-A.J. Jenkins
89-Nathan Palmer
81-Chris OwusuTight ends
85-Vernon Davis
46-Delanie Walker
83-Demarcus Dobbs
88-Konrad Reuland
48-Garrett Celek
47-Kyle NelsonOffensive line
74-Joe Staley
77-Mike Iupati
59-Jonathan Goodwin
75-Alex Boone
76-Anthony Davis
68-Leonard Davis
67-Daniel Kilgore
66-Joe Looney
78-Mike Person
65-Al Netter
61-Chase Beeler
71-Derek Hall
69-Kenny WigginsDefensive line
91-Ray McDonald
90-Isaac Sopoaga
94-Justin Smith
95-Ricky Jean Francois
92-Will Tukuafu
93-Ian Williams
63-Tony Jerod-EddieOutside linebackers
99-Aldon Smith
55-Ahmad Brooks
98-Parys Haralson
44-Eric Bakhtiari
50-Cam Johnson
47-Ikaika Alama-Francis
41-Kenny RoweInside linebackers
52-Patrick Willis
53-NaVorro Bowman
54-Larry Grant
56-Tavares Gooden
51-Joe Holland
57-Michael WilhoiteCornerbacks
22-Carlos Rogers
25-Tarell Brown
29-Chris Culliver
20-Perrish Cox
26-Tramaine BrockSafeties
38-Dashon Goldson
31-Donte Whitner
27-C.J. Spillman
30-Trenton Robinson
32-Darcel McBath
36-Michael ThomasSpecialists
2-David Akers
4-Andy Lee
86-Brian Jennings

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games. 

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NEW YORK -- NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches' challenges and what can be reviewed by officials.

In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will include discussing the Raiders' potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the 32 owners also will vote on changing the mechanics on replay reviews and other items intended to reduce downtime during games.

The Eagles proposed four rules changes, including abolishing the leaping techniques that league football operations director Troy Vincent said Thursday "don't belong in the game."

Seattle and Buffalo co-authored a proposal allowing a coach to challenge any officiating decision, whether a foul is called or not.

"That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated next week," NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said.

Another major change would be the reduction of overtime in-season; the extra period in the playoffs would remain at 15 minutes. The powerful competition committee, of which Vincent and Blandino are members, believed it's a player safety issue, noting that number of snaps for games going to OT - especially deep into the overtime - is excessive. Especially if a team has a quick turnaround.

"We don't know where a team is going to be playing the next week, it could be four days later," said committee chairman Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. "We felt we should put an end to it. We don't think it will lead to more ties. Could it? It could, but we are not concerned with that."

As for changing the format of overtime to ensure both teams always get a possession - a popular topic after how the Super Bowl ended - Blandino said the league's wants to keep the element of sudden death in the extra period.

The "leaper rule" has taken some priority among competition committee members, the players' union and coaches. Vincent said coaches have begun scheming how to defense it, which can "create a real safety issue."

"It is really in the best interest of the game" to outlaw leaping on kicks," Vincent added.

McKay noted that the NCAA is in the process of passing a similar ban on the technique.

During the meetings that run from Sunday to Wednesday, the teams will be shown plays the competition committee believes should result in suspensions or ejections. Game officials already have had the leeway to eject players, but it rarely has happened; there were three in 2016.

"They don't happen very often, let's give the players credit," McKay said. "We have 40,000 plays in a year. We'll show a tape that will have four or five plays that would warrant suspension. This is not a widespread situation."

Added Vincent, a former NFL defensive back: "When you see the plays, they are catastrophic. We had two players who did not return for the season. They are high-impact plays that belong out of the game. It will be a real point of emphasis this season."