By C.J. Peterson
Special to S.F. Examiner
The San Francisco 49ers have begun the process of trimming down their 90-man roster to 53.
The team announced several roster cuts Friday afternoon that included running back Joe Williams, wide receiver Aldrick Robinson and 10 other players who will hit the waiver wires on Saturday.
The full list of cuts are as follows: JP Flynn (OL), Ja’Quan Gardner (RB), Chris Gonzalez (G), Jack Heneghan (QB), Chris Jones (DL), Jeff Locke (P), Pace Murphy (T), Aldrick Robinson (WR), Wes Saxton (TE), Will Sutton (DL), Darrell Williams (OL), Joe Williams (RB)
In addition to the release of those 12 players, San Francisco also announced that they have traded for former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Shon Coleman.
In exchange for Coleman, the 49ers will send a seventh-round draft pick in 2019 to Cleveland, assuming that he passes a team physical.
Originally drafted in the third-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Coleman played in 23 games for the Browns. This included starts in all 16 games during the 2017 season.
Coleman will join a 49ers offensive line unit that coulod use some extra reinforcements. With Gary Gilliam still in concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury in Week 1 of the preseason against Dallas, it’s no surprise that San Francisco has sought out some depth.
It’s highly unlikely that Coleman will see any playing time in the first few weeks, or even half, of the regular season unless an injury to a starter calls for his services.
More roster cuts and waiver wire pickups are expected to come in the next 24 hours as every NFL team is required to trim their rosters down to 53 by 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.