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49ers roster cuts: Craig Dahl released by team

The San Francisco 49ers have released Craig Dahl, paving the way for the young safeties. We break down what it means.

The San Francisco 49ers continue their veteran purge. The team is releasing safety Craig Dahl, according to a source. I could not get a second confirmation on this, but Matt Maiocco is now reporting it, so I figure it is safe to run with it. The move clears $650,000 in cap space, and the team will carry $883,334 in dead money. That dead money comes from $433,334 in prorated signing bonus, and $450,000 in a salary guarantee.

Even before the releases of Darnell Dockett and Philip Wheeler, this release would not have been a surprise. While Dahl is strong on special teams, the 49ers have a lot of young safety depth. The team drafted Jaquiski Tartt this year, and 2014 first round pick Jimmie Ward has been getting a lot of practice and preseason time at safety. Add in 2014 UDFA L.J. McCray shining on special teams, and it makes sense to get younger.

The 49ers are now down to 71 players, at least based on news that has leaked.

Here is an updated roster list:

Players currently on roster: 71

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