NFL teams had until 9 a.m. PT on Sunday to place waiver claims, and the results are starting to leak out. Agent David Canter tweeted that former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Garrison Smith was claimed by the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks were No. 26 in waiver priority, so the first 25 teams passed on claiming Smith.
The 49ers defensive line was looking like a strength heading into camp, but injuries have been an issue. Glenn Dorsey is still working back from his torn ACL, while Quinton Dial is recovering from a level II MCL sprain. Chip Kelly said Dial would be back by Week 1, and we have not had much of an update on Dorsey, who did not play in the preseason.
Smith had a very solid preseason for the 49ers, grabbing a pair of sacks and 15 tackles. However, the decision to cut him would seem to indicate the team is comfortable with Mike Purcell, and also comfortable with the rehab status of Dial and/or Dorsey. The 49ers will spend more time in nickel and dime packages than in their base 3-4 defense, but the nose tackle remains an important role. We’ll see how long it takes for Dial and/or Dorsey to get back on the field.