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49ers sign TE Wes Saxton, waive DB C.J. Goodwin

The 49ers added some camp depth due to Cole Hikutini’s groin injury.

It did not take long at all for my pre-training camp bubble watch to take a hit. A few weeks before camp, I included San Francisco 49ers cornerback C.J. Goodwin as a weak bubble option. I figured at 6’4, 220 pounds and with NFL experience, and acquired through a waiver claim, Goodwin was more than a long shot for a roster spot. To quote Lee Corso, NOT SO FAST, MY FRIENDS!

The 49ers announced on Tuesday the signing of tight end Wes Saxton. The move came following word that Cole Hikutini is sidelined for the rest of the week with a groin injury. Without Hikutini, the 49ers have four tight ends between George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Cole Wick, and Ross Dwelley. They use two tight ends enough that they wanted to add some depth to the position.

To make room for Saxton, the team waived Goodwin. I had only one cornerback below Goodwin on the depth chart, with Emmanuel Moseley listed as a longshot. If Saxton does not impress quickly, he could be off the roster in fairly short order. But the fact that Goodwin was the guy they cleared out to make room indicates just how far down the pecking order he was. It’s clear he did not impress enough to justify even making it to the first round of roster cuts.