The 49ers on Thursday released veteran cornerback Shawntae Spencer, a move that clears 3.3 million in salary cap space."The 49ers would like to thank Shawntae for his eight years of service to the organization and the Bay Area community," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement."He has always represented himself, his family and this organization with the utmost class. We wish him, and his family, the very best."RELATED: Spencer's kindness strikes chord with lifetime 49ers fanSpencer opened training camp last season as a presumptive starter, but he sustained a hamstring injury that sidelined him for several weeks. He saw limited action throughout the season. Even when he was healthy late in the season, Spencer was the 49ers' No. 5 cornerback and was inactive for both playoff games.After the season, the 49ers gave Spencer permission to seek a trade, as it was clear that the 49ers would not bring him back at his scheduled salary.A second-round pick in the 2004 draft, Spencer saw action in 97 games with the 49ers with 72 starts. He started every game in the 2009 and 2010 seasons before playing just nine games with no starts last season.The 49ers began the day with 20.2 million in cap room. That figure includes the 1.6 million credit given from an NFL ruling that punishes Washington and Dallas for actions during the uncapped year. It does not include Carlos Rogers' new contract, which has yet to be signed.
Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.
While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.
“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”
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The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.
They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.
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The New York Giants released placekicker Josh Brown, the team announced on Tuesday.
The NFL suspended Brown for the season opener in Dallas for violating the League’s Personal Conduct Policy. That suspension was based on his May 22, 2015 arrest on domestic violence charges, which were dismissed approximately five days after the arrest.
Brown served his suspension, returned to the Giants on September 12, and subsequently participated in five games.
Last Wednesday, approximately 24 hours before the Giants were to depart for London, new information was released by authorities in Washington State. The new materials disclosed a history of alleged domestic violence by Brown. On Thursday, the Giants announced Brown would not accompany the team to London, where they played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Last Friday, the NFL, at the Giants request and citing the documents released two days earlier, placed Brown on the Commissioner Exempt List.
Today, the Giants released Brown.
“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said team president John Mara. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.
“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father. We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.
“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”
Statement from Josh Brown:
"The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic. In the interim I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."
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