McNown released by 49ers

The <!--Default NodeId For San Francisco is 121,2005--><A HREF=http://49ers.TheInsiders.com>San Francisco</A> 49ers waived former Bears quarterback <!--Default For Cade McNown is to ignore-->Cade McNown on Saturday, which could signal the end of the road for the former first-round draft pick.

Since being drafted by the Bears with the 12th overall pick in 1999, McNown has bounced around the league. San Francisco traded for him last June from the Miami Dolphins. He spent the season on injured reserve as he recovered from shoulder surgery. McNown had hoped to revitalize his career under the tutelage of Bill Walsh, but the 49ers had five quarterbacks under contract which left the UCLA product as the odd man out.

McNown started 15 games for the Bears but after a promising rookie season he started 1-7 in 2000. He was pulled in favor of Jim Miller and unable to regain his starting role. McNown threw more interceptions (19) than touchdown passes (16).

Looking to clean house Jerry Angelo traded McNown to Miami for a series of late round picks. McNown didn't play during his one season as the Dolphins' third-string quarterback.

The 49ers aren't done with former Bears as they've brought in Rashaan Salaam for a tryout. Chicago selected the running back in the first round of the1995 draft. After gaining over 1,000 yards as a rookie, injuries and off the field problems led to his downfall.


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