The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have waived K Chase McLaughlin. The team also signed WR Chris Thompson to the team’s practice squad and released OL Will Holden from the practice squad.
Thompson (6-0, 175) originally entered the NFL after signing with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on May 16, 2017. He was waived by Houston on September 2, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad the following day. He was promoted to the Texans active roster on September 27, 2017 and went on to appear in 13 games and register five receptions for 84 yards in addition to six tackles on special teams. In 2018, he spent the majority of training camp with the Texans prior to being waived on August 28. He previously signed with the 49ers on August 3, 2019, was waived on August 9, then later re-signed with the team on August 21 prior to being released from the team on August 31.
A 25-year-old native of Gainesville, FL, Thompson attended the University of Florida, where he appeared in 41 games (three starts) and registered nine receptions for 78 yards on offense in addition to 16 kickoff returns for 355 yards on special teams.
McLaughlin (6-0, 190) signed with the 49ers on November 7, 2019 where he appeared in three games and connected on seven of eight field goal attempts and each of his eight extra point attempts. Holden (6-7, 312) signed to the team’s practice squad on October 3. It’s not fair, but McLaughlin will be remembered for missing the overtime kick against Seattle on Monday night football. Even though he hit the kick to send the game into overtime. Such is life as a kicker.
I’m curious to see how the team fills the open roster spot. If it’s a defensive back, that’s likely bad news for the status of Richard Sherman or Jaquiski Tartt.