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NFL roster cuts: 49ers to release Darnell Dockett, per reports

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The San Francisco 49ers have apparently begun the roster cutting process with a surprise. The team released defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. We break down what it means.

Well, this just got interesting. Pro Football Talk and Mike Garafolo are reporting the San Francisco 49ers are set to release defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. The move is a bit of a surprise given the team guaranteed him $2 million. The team saves $1.75 million in cap space, but this is definitely a surprise to me. He also had a $250,000 roster bonus due Week 1, so I guess they wanted to save what they could.

Fooch's update: Jason from Over The Cap made a good point about offsets. If Dockett signs anywhere else for the veteran minimum, that will offset the $2 million by $970,000.

Some have speculated Dockett might get cut, so I suppose it will not surprise everybody. This does mean the team is impressed with the depth on the line and wants to go with more young talent. Mike Purcell has impressed this past month, and Arik Armstead looked better than some anticipated.

The decision to release Dockett opens up a spot on the nickel defense. I could see Armstead getting some more opportunities in there. Purcell and Tony Jerod-Eddie are both talented, but if both make the roster, they are a bit better in base than nickel Whatever the case, things are officially getting interesting.

Here is an updated roster list:

Players currently on roster: 74

QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB Dylan Thompson

RB Carlos Hyde
RB Kendall Hunter
RB Reggie Bush
RB Kendall Gaskins
RB Jarryd Hayne
RB Mike Davis

FB Bruce Miller
FB Trey Millard

WR Anquan Boldin
WR Torrey Smith
WR Quinton Patton
WR Bruce Ellington
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR Jerome Simpson
WR DeAndre Smelter
WR Dres Anderson
WR Issac Blakeney
WR DiAndre Campbell
WR DeAndrew White
WR Mario Hull
WR Nigel King

TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Xavier Grimble
TE Blake Bell
TE Rory Anderson

OT Joe Staley
OT Erik Pears
OL Trenton Brown
OL Patrick Miller
OL Justin Renfrow
OL Sean Hooey

OG Alex Boone
OG Joe Looney
OG Brandon Thomas
OG Andrew Tiller
OL Ian Silberman
OG Jordan Devey

C Daniel Kilgore
C Marcus Martin
C Dillon Farrell

DL Darnell Dockett
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Tank Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Mike Purcell
DL Kaleb Ramsey
DL Garrison Smith
DL Arik Armstead

ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Shayne Skov
ILB Desmond Bishop
ILB Nick Bellore
ILB Phillip Wheeler
ILB Steve Beauharnais

OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Aaron Lynch
OLB Eli Harold
OLB Marcus Rush
OLB Shawn Lemon

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Dontae Johnson
CB Shareece Wright
CB Keith Reaser
CB Kenneth Acker
CB Leon McFadden
CB Marcus Cromartie
CB Mylan Hicks

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Craig Dahl
S L.J. McCray
DB Jimmie Ward
S Jaquiski Tartt
S Jermaine Whitehead

K Phil Dawson
K Corey Acosta

P Bradley Pinion

LS Kyle Nelson