One team’s overpriced veteran is another’s prized low-cost signing. That’s the lesson of the last few days.
The rebuilding 49ers released a handful of experienced players when rosters were cut down over the weekend. Now, they’re finding new homes.
On Tuesday, Jeremy Kerley signed with the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers added defensive tackle Quinton Dial.
Dial will join fellow lineman Ahmad Brooks in Wisconsin.
Brooks admitted on Monday that he considered retiring after being let go by the Niners.
“I was pessimistic at first because I was afraid of change, you know what I’m saying?” the typically candid Brooks said, according to ESPN. “I’m so comfortable being where I’m at, having a house and my family and stuff like that. Everything felt established, man. It was just the uncertainty, you know? I didn’t know what to expect. I was kind of scared. I was kind of afraid.”
Kerley spent four years with the Jets, the team that drafted him, before playing a season in Santa Clara.
Kittle named unofficial starter
An early glimpse of how head coach Kyle Shanahan emerged Tuesday when the 49ers released their unofficial depth chart.
Of note: George Kittle is listed as the starting tight end, Matt Breida is slotted to be the backup running back and Solomon Thomas is taking a backseat to Tank Carradine at the defensive end spot opposite Arik Armstead.
The team will apparently employ a trio of inexperienced returners: Rookies Trent Taylor and Victor Bolden Jr. are listed as the top punt returners; Raheem Mostert and Bolden Jr., will be responsible for bringing kickoffs back.
It’s uncertain how much work Shanahan put into the depth-chart release. When he was in charge, Chip Kelly regularly undercut the unofficial look into his roster.