Nose tackle Mike Purcell, who recently re-signed as an exclusive-rights free agent, was among the 49ers’ cuts announced Tuesday as the team prepares for its class of undrafted rookies.
Purcell, former Stanford star Shayne Skov and former CFL standout Eric Rogers topped the list of 13 cuts the 49ers made to coincide with the additions of first-year players and veteran additions for the offensive line, Tim Barnes and Brandon Fusco.
Purcell started the first five games of the season a year ago before losing his starting job. The 49ers picked up veteran nose tackle Earl Mitchell in free agency and added Mississippi nose tackle D.J. Jones in the sixth round of the draft.
Skov spent his rookie season of 2014 on the 49ers' practice squad before appearing in 24 games the past two seasons. Rogers was a star in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders, catching 87 passes for a league-high 1,448 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. After signing a two-year contract, Rogers sustained a torn ACL early in training camp last summer.
The 49ers have reached contract agreements with 16 known undrafted rookies. The 49ers have not announced the official signings of any of those players.
Here's a list of the players the 49ers waived on Tuesday:
Alex Balducci OL
Marcus Ball S
Carl Bradford LB
Jayson DiManche LB
Je’Ron Hamm TE
Chris Harper WR
Wynton McManis LB
Brock Miller P
Zach Moore DL
Mike Purcell NT
Eric Rogers WR
JaCorey Shepherd CB
Shayne Skov LB
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.
In front of a raucus crowd at a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump had pointed words for NFL players that are kneeling and protesting during the National Anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said.
Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled before every 49ers game last season, has yet to respond to those comments. But his mom, Teresa, made her thoughts clear on Twitter Friday night.
"Guess that makes me a proud bitch!" Teresa said in response to a journalist tweeting an article with Trump's comments.