Guard Andrew Tiller, 28, who started 14 games the past two seasons with the 49ers, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced Wednesday morning.
Tiller replaced Jordan Devey in the 49ers’ starting lineup in 2015 and provided an immediately and dramatic upgrade over Devey, who struggled through nine starts at right guard.
Tiller earned the starting job at right guard to open last season, but was replaced after four games. The 49ers wanted to move first-round draft pick Joshua Garnett into the starting lineup.
According to Pro Football Focus, Tiller graded out as minus-3.5 while playing 485 snaps. Garnett was graded at minus-25.6.
Tiller’s signing does not count toward the NFL’s formula for compensatory draft picks. The final day in which signings was factored into the equation was Tuesday.
Tiller, who played collegiately at Syracuse, originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2012. He also spent time with San Diego and Green Bay before seeing his first NFL action with the 49ers.
East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.
The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.
Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.
Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem.
Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.
York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements.