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49ers claim OLB/DE Cassius Marsh off waivers

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The 49ers are looking for some more depth, and he could compete at the SAM position.

The San Francisco 49ers new regime continues working to find parts for the roster. ESPN’s Field Yates is reporting the 49ers successfully claimed outside linebacker/defensive end Cassius Marsh off waivers. The New England Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday. In nine games this season with the Patriots, he made one start, and had 14 tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble.

Marsh stands 6’4, 245 pounds and has worked on the edge in New England. He has struggled in his time there, and they were relatively quick to cut bait on him. The Patriots acquired Marsh in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks in early September, giving up a fifth and seventh round pick.

Coming out of college, he was viewed as a bit of a tweener, but potentially someone who could play the SAM outside linebacker position. They could have him compete with Eli Harold and Dekoda Watson. Marsh is in the final year of his contract, so this gives the 49ers some time to see what he can do and whether he is worth extending for the long term.