The San Francisco 49ers formally announced the trade of cornerback Rashard Robinson to the New York Jets Tuesday afternoon. The news came right at the deadline, and capped a flurry of activity. The 49ers also announced Brian Hoyer’s release, and unexpectedly also released cornerback Will Redmond from the injured reserve list.
Redmond was not coming back this year, but it is still an interesting decision to release even a potential future body. The 49ers cornerback depth chart went from at least having quite a few bodies to now have little depth at all. Ahkello Witherspoon and Dontae Johnson are the starters, with K’Waun Williams at nickel back. Leon Hall is the backup nickel back, and likely the fourth corner overall. Adrian Colbert was a reserve option, but is now the starting free safety with Jimmie Ward’s injury.
The 49ers brought in some players for workouts today, and I have to imagine that included at least one or two cornerbacks. They have Greg Mabin on their practice squad, but that’s it for the time being. I imagine we see them sign one cornerback, and maybe a second if Williams’ quadricep injury remains an issue this week.