SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers believe they have enough depth along their defensive line to move on from veteran Darnell Dockett.
After missing all of last season recovering from a preseason ACL tear, San Francisco signed Dockett to a two-year deal in Marcn, hoping he could help fill the void left by long-time starters Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. The team announced his release Friday, along with six others.
After completing their preseason slate with a win over the Chargers Thursday, San Francisco must trim the roster from 75 to 53 by Saturday at 1 p.m. Head coach Jim Tomsula said the team was going to practice Friday, which is an indication some cuts might come Friday.
The 49ers' defensive line might be their deepest position group. They used their most recent first-round pick on Oregon's Arik Armstead, and also have Quinton Dial, Cornellius 'Tank' Carradine, Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Mike Purcell, who had a very good preseason.
Dockett played sparingly during training camp and saw 16 snaps in two preseason games. He was viewed parimarily as a pass rusher, limiting him to playing in nickel and dime situations, limiting his value. Dockett received $2 million in guanrantees, while signing for $7.25 million in total.
Dockett didn't play in the exhibition finale after revealing a rib injury on Snap Chat following the third preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Head coach Jim Tomsula said Dockett had a rib contusion. Dockett, 34, was with the Arizona Cardinals the previous 11 seasons.
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