Linebacker Shayne Skov, nose tackle Mike Purcell, cornerback JaCorey Shepherd and wide receivers Eric Rogers and Chris Harper were among 13 players released Tuesday by the 49ers.
Also waived were offensive lineman Alex Balducci, safety Marcus Ball, tight end Je’Ron Hamm, defensive lineman Zach Moore, punter Brock MIller and linebackers Carl Bradford, Jayson DiManche and Wynton McManis
Those moves cleared the way for a large rookie class, as well as Tuesday’s official signings of veteran offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Brandon Fusco.
Over the weekend, the 49ers drafted 10 players, acquired running back Kapri Bibbs from the Denver Broncos and agreed to terms with 16 undrafted free agents.
Skov, a Stanford product, has had on-again, off-again career with the 49ers, and he ranked fifth in special-teams tackles last season. He sustained a season-ending knee injury Nov. 27.
As for the other linebackers released, Bradford appeared in the final two games after being claimed from Packers; DiManche just got signed April 7; and, McManis was among last-season reinforcements to aid the injury-riddled linebacker corps.
Purcell worked his way up as a practice-squad nose tackle but lost the starting job after five games last year. Moore was a late-season addition to the defensive line who broke in with the 2014 Patriots before joining the Vikings and Cowboys.
Back to the drawing board.
— Zach Moore (@zachmoore_90) May 2, 2017
Harper had 13 catches in nine games last year after making 2015 Patriots as undrafted rookie. Rogers’ transition from CFL stardom got derailed by an ACL tear last training camp, and Hamm showed potential but suffered a broken leg in warmups for 2016 season finale.
👀👀👀👀👀 can’t wait to get healthy https://t.co/K1kbkOiE8E
— Eric Rogers (@EricDionRogers) May 2, 2017
Shepherd mostly was used last season as kick returner (21.7-yard avg.). Fellow defensive back Ball won the CFL’s Grey Cup with Toronto before bouncing between NFL teams since 2014.
Balducci is an ex-Oregon defensive linemen who the 49ers’ former staff tried converting to an interior offensive lineman. Miller’s exit leaves incumbent Bradley Pinion as the 49ers’ only punter.