Most importantly, rookie kicker Jake Moody might be progressing enough to the point where San Francisco thinks he’ll be ready for Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s the optimistic takeaway from Gonzalez’s release.
Another viewpoint is that Matthew Wright has shown plenty of promise on the practice squad, and, even if Moody needs more time, the 49ers are comfortable rolling with Wright until Moody is healthy.
The team also released A.J. Parker from the IR with an injury settlement. Parker had played both safety and nickel during the preseason. With only so many spots available on the injured reserve, the 49ers were likely left no choice to pay out of pocket to Parker and Gonzalez.