The 49ers have reportedly made several roster moves this evening – re-signing safety Antone Exum and linebacker Elijah Lee; releasing linebacker Brock Coyle; and signing former Panthers linebacker David Mayo as well as wide receiver Jordan Matthews. The general theme of these moves appears to be filling out the 49ers’ roster with players who can perform admirably as backups and core special teamers – moves that fans often overlook but teams know are a crucial part of building winning rosters.
All the moves seem reasonable ones to make. Re-signing Exum brings back some depth and versatility for the 49ers’ secondary at a very low price. Exum had one of the two total interceptions the team had in 2018, playing in 15 games including 7 starts across safety spots.
Elijah Lee performed well last season at linebacker after the 49ers cut Reuben Foster. Spending much of his time at WILL linebacker as well as contributing on special teams, Lee will likely provide inexpensive but useful depth behind recent free agent pick-up Kwon Alexander.
David Mayo will also provide depth at linebacker, as well as playing on special teams. At 25, going into his fifth season with very limited contribution as a starter, he doesn’t look like a player likely to contribute massively on defense, but provides quality on special teams. Here’s a quick look at his career stats. (Provided by NFL.Com).
The 49ers also announced the signing of wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Matthews has had two stints with the Philadelphia Eagles sandwiching a brief interlude in Buffalo. Despite being blessed with excellent athleticism and size, Matthews hasn’t put it all together in the NFL outside of two seasons with Chip Kelly where his statistics were indicative of a potential force at wide receiver. Since then, he has done very little. An interesting signing, it begs the question how the 49ers receiving corps will shake out in 2019.
The release of Brock Coyle along with the aforementioned signings of Mayo and Lee were no coincidence. Per his own tweet, Coyle revealed the injury he suffered this season has brought an end to his career. We wish Coyle all the best in his future endeavours.
The San Francisco 49ers have just released DE Cassius Marsh.
In 2018 Cassius Marsh had 38 tackles with 5.5 sacks. With the release of Cassius Marsh, could the 49ers be looking to add another Vet on the End, like Houston or will they address this position in the Draft? Marsh also tweeted this out.
— Cassius Marsh (@KingCash_7191) March 15, 2019
The 49ers have also re-signed LB Mark Nzeocha
Linebacker Mark Nzeocha has agreed to a 3 Year deal, to keep him in SF as reported by 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 15, 2019
In 2018, He had 23 tackles with 1 sack. Mark also adds special teams value to the 49ers and started 3 games at OLB last season, and will be a quality depth piece going forward for linebackers and special teams.
Raheem Mostert, The special teams ACE has also agreed to a 3 year deal to come back to SF, according to his agent.
Despite strong interest elsewhere, restricted free agent RB Raheem Mostert just agreed to a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers… Wanted to continue building on what he started there. Thanks to John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan, and Paraag Marathe for the opportunity!
— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) March 15, 2019
The 49ers are clearly building Brick by Brick. Look out NFL, Here comes the Niners.