49ers Waive Safety Mark LeGree, Sign LB Kenny Rowe

EUGENE OR - OCTOBER 2: Defensive end Kenny Rowe #58 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after sacking quarterback Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal in the third quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on October 2 2010 in Eugene Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-31. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The 49ers sent a press release just a short while ago announcing they've waived safety Mark LeGree and signed LB Kenny Rowe. LeGree spent time on multiple practice squads in 2011 before being signed by the 49ers in January, 2012. Rowe spent time in 49ers camp last off-season but was cut before the start of the regular season.

LeGree seemed to face long odds to make the team, though Rowe's chances might not be much better with the 49ers likely to keep just four OLB's; three of which are Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, and Parys Haralson.

It seems that Aldon Smith will miss at least a little bit of practice time with a hip bruise, which perfectly explains this move. There's usually a method to the madness when they seemingly cut one guy who probably wouldn't have made the roster...in favor of another guy who probably won't make the roster.

After the jump is the press-release.

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed LB Kenny Rowe to a two-year contract. The team also announced it has waived S Mark LeGree.

Rowe (6-3, 235) originally signed with the 49ers as undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011, and was later released following training camp.

A 23-year old native of Los Angeles, CA, Rowe played collegiately at Oregon where he appeared in 52 games (26 starts) for the Ducks, and registered 109 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He earned second-team All-Pac 10 honors, as a senior.

LeGree (6-0, 210) was signed by San Francisco on January 24, 2012. In 2011, he spent time on the 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets practice squads. LeGree was originally selected in the fifth round (156th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Appalachian State.

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