The San Francisco 49ers waived running back Mike Davis over the weekend, and in a stunning development, the Seattle Seahawks claimed him on Monday, per NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. I suppose stunning is the proper term if I mean, not remotely stunning whatsoever.
The 49ers released Davis as part of a broader series of moves to clear room for the undrafted free agent class. The 49ers followed that up with three more moves today, including releasing running back DuJuan Harris. The 49ers drafted running back Joe Williams, signed free agent Tim Hightower, and also added UDFA Matt Breida to compete for opportunities. Carlos Hyde is the starter for now, but entering his final contract, there could be a lot of opportunities to be had.
As for the Seahawks claiming Davis? Well, they need bodies to compete at running back. Seattle signed Eddie Lacy to join Thomas Rawls. They also have C.J. Prosise, Alex Collins, and a host of other backs. Suffice to say, Mike Davis has a long way to climb to have a shot at a spot on their 53-man roster. He showed very little in two seasons with the 49ers. It’s possible he just never got enough of an opportunity, or it was the wrong system. But I suppose we’ll see what if anything he can do with the Seahawks.