Gray, Hall and Cooper claimed off waivers

Gray, Hall and Cooper claimed off waivers
September 1, 2013, 11:45 am
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Rookie tight end MarQueis Gray will join the Cleveland Browns, a source told CSNBayArea.com. (AP)

Rookie tight end MarQueis Gray, wide receiver Chad Hall and cornerback Marcus Cooper were not unemployed for long after receiving bad news from the 49ers on cutdown day.

Gray, among the 49ers' final cuts, is joining the Cleveland Browns after the club signed him off waivers, a source told CSNBayArea.com. And Hall and Cooper landed on their feet with the Kansas City Chiefs, who claimed them for their 53-man roster, sources confirmed.

Cooper, a seventh-round draft pick from Rutgers, played well during the exhibition season. Cooper (6 foot 2, 192) has good size and speed. It was considered a major gamble for the team to waive both Cooper and Gray because of their potential.

The 49ers chose to keep Garrett Celek as the team's third tight end over Gray, who played quarterback and wide receiver at the University of Minnesota.

In Gray's college career, he passed for 2,053 yards with 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He rushed for 1,731 yards and 12 touchdowns, mostly out of the read option during his final two seasons. And he also caught 60 passes for 766 yards and six touchdowns.

Gray was believed to be a strong candidate for the 49ers' practice squad. He caught one pass for 13 yards in four exhibition games.

Hall, who might have been the 49ers' sixth wide receiver on a team that kept only five players at his position, was consistently good throughout the 49ers' offseason program. He had six receptions for 72 yards during the preseason.

Hall spent parts of 2010 and 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles. Then-Eagles coach Andy Reid is now with the Chiefs. Hall joined the 49ers late last season and worked a lot with current Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith on the scout team. A.J. Jenkins is also on the Chiefs' 53-man roster.

On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers signed former 49ers quarterback Scott Tolzien to their practice squad. The 49ers released Tolzien last week. He served as the team's No. 3 quarterback for the past two seasons. The 49ers open the regular season next Sunday against the Packers, so Tolzien is expected to run the 49ers' offense during practices this week.

Also, former 49ers safety Trenton Robinson, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick, agreed to terms to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, a source told CSNBayArea.com. And wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, who was among the first players the 49ers cut in training camp, signed with the Chicago Bears' practice squad.