The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have waived/injured OL Erik Magnuson.
Magnuson (6-6, 305), who played collegiately at the University of Michigan, originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2017. He appeared in eight games (three starts) over the past two seasons along the offensive line, including four games (one start) in 2018.
Magnuson is an offensive lineman who can play any position on the line, a precious trait for a backup. The problem is that he doesn’t appear very good at any of them. He has seen limited action over the last two years, and it hasn’t been pretty (especially when he starts due to injury).
Last year, he filled in at center, against the Cardinals. Unfortunately, his bad snap at the end of the game killed a potential game-tying drive, The 49ers had the ball at Arizona’s 45-yard line with seven seconds left, needing about ten yards for a game-tying field goal attempt, but the bad snap ended that hope. He didn’t get another chance like that all year.
The additions to veterans like Ben Garland, Wesley Johnson, and UDFA Ross Reynolds were going to make it tough for an oft-injured Magnuson to make the roster.