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49ers sign Al Netter for 90th roster spot

The San Francisco 49ers filled out their 90-man roster on Monday, re-signing guard Al Netter. He is likely a camp body with a limited chance at a spot on the 53-man roster.

The picture you get when we don't have one of Al Netter!
The picture you get when we don't have one of Al Netter!
Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have filled their 90th roster spot. The team announced this afternoon that they have signed Al Netter to a one year contract. Netter has spent sizable chunks of the past two seasons with the 49ers. He signed with the team as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent the 2012 season on the practice squad. He returned to the 49ers for 2013 training camp. He was released on August 26, 2013, and then signed with the Tennessee Titans practice squad on September 2. He was released on October 8, and then signed back to the 49ers practice squad on October 14, where he spent the remainder of the season. He signed a reserve/futures contract after the season, but then was released in early June when the 49ers signed Blake Costanzo.

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When I posted a poll about position to fill after Eric Wright's retirement, cornerback led the way with 48 percent of the vote, but offensive line was second at 13 percent. Last week, I put together a rundown of some of the best free agents still on the market. I probably should have mentioned Netter given how much he is coming and going with the team.

Netter is a camp body at this point. He does have one more season of practice squad eligibility, but it is limited because it would be his third season. If he were to be released at the end of training camp and then sign with the practice squad, he could only remain with that group as long as the 49ers maintained a full 53-man roster. If they were to waive somebody, Netter would either have to be signed to the roster, or be released from the practice squad. That is the "third year" rule as it applies to the practice squad.

The 49ers offensive line has too much depth at this point for Netter to crack the 53-man roster. He could absolutely blow it up in training camp and the preseason, but I would be surprised by that. As it currently stands, the depth chart likely looks a little something like this:

LT: Joe Staley, Jonathan Martin
LG: Mike Iupati, Adam Snyder, Brandon Thomas
C: Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin, Dillon Farrell
RG: Alex Boone, Joe Looney, Ryan Seymour, Al Netter
RT: Anthony Davis, Carter Bykowski, Fou Fonoti

Alex Boone's presence remains a question mark, so that certainly could open up a roster spot in some form or fashion. For now though, Jonathan Martin, Adam Snyder, Marcus Martin, Joe Looney, and Ryan Seymour would seem to be the guys with any sort of legitimate chance at a spot on the 53-man roster.

Players currently on roster: 90
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
QB Josh Johnson
QB Kory Faulkner

RB Frank Gore
RB Kendall Hunter
RB LaMichael James
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Marcus Lattimore
RB Carlos Hyde

FB Bruce Miller
FB Will Tukuafu
FB Trey Millard

WR Michael Crabtree
WR Anquan Boldin
WR Quinton Patton
WR Jon Baldwin
WR Kassim Osgood
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR David Reed
WR Devon Wylie
WR Brandon Lloyd
WR Stevie Johnson
WR Bruce Ellington
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Derek Carrier
TE Asante Cleveland
TE Kevin Greene

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Carter Bykowski
OT Jonathan Martin

OG Alex Boone
OG Mike Iupati
OG Adam Snyder
OG Joe Looney
OG Al Netter
OG Ryan Seymour
OG Brandon Thomas
OG Fouimalo Fonoti

C Daniel Kilgore
C Marcus Martin
C Dillon Farrell

DL Justin Smith
DL Ray McDonald
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Tank Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Demarcus Dobbs
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Mike Purcell
DL Kaleb Ramsey

ILB Patrick Willis
ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Blake Costanzo
ILB Chris Borland
ILB Shayne Skov

OLB Aldon Smith
OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Dan Skuta
OLB Aaron Lynch
OLB Chase Thomas

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Chris Culliver
CB Perrish Cox
CB Darryl Morris
CB Chris Cook
DB Jimmie Ward
DB Dontae Johnson
CB Keith Reaser
CB Kenneth Acker

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Craig Dahl
S C.J. Spillman
S Raymond Ventrone
S D.J. Campbell
S James McCray

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Colton Schmidt

LS Kevin McDermott