The 49ers waived third-string quarterback Tom Savage on Saturday to allow the club to promote running back Jeff Wilson from the practice squad.
It has been the 49ers' go-to move, creating a roster spot late in the week to add a player for the upcoming game. The 49ers intended to re-sign Savage, as they had three previous times this season.
But, this time, it was not an option for the 49ers to bring him back.
The Cincinnati Bengals claimed Savage off waivers on Monday to take the spot on the roster that opened when starting QB Andy Dalton was placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury.
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Coincidentally, the Bengals have two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster and both are former 49ers. And neither of those players ever put on a 49ers uniform during the regular season.
Savage will back up Jeff Driskel, who was a sixth-round pick of the 49ers in 2016.
Driskel never made it to the regular season with the 49ers after completing 15 of 31 passes for 132 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions during rookie preseason. The 49ers kept Colin Kaepeernick, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder on their roster ahead of Driskel.
General manager Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly intended to bring back Driskel to the 49ers’ practice squad, but the Bengals claimed him off waivers before the start of the 2016 season.
Driskel, 25, has appeared in four games with no starts this season with the Bengals. He has completed 23 of 36 pass attempts with one touchdown and no interceptions.
When NaVorro Bowman announced his retirement from the NFL last month, San Francisco was unable to allow him to formally retire as a member of the 49ers, since they would have had to open up a roster spot in order to do so.
Well, thanks to a new rule and the fact that San Francisco's top two draft selections have yet to sign their rookie contracts, the 49ers were able to rectify that matter Monday when they re-signed the four-time All-Pro linebacker.
While he still looks like he can play, Bowman and the 49ers have no illusions. They'll place him on the reserve/retired list in short order.
Selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Bowman will continue a tradition of ceremonial retirements for 49ers greats, including Roger Craig and Jerry Rice.
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San Francisco opens up training camp on Friday. Once Bowman is placed on the reserve/retired list, the 49ers will have enough open roster spots to fit both Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel, once they sign their rookie contracts.
Frank Gore hasn't played for the 49ers since 2014, so it's no surprise he's selling his Santa Clara townhouse.
Gore, now with the Bills, lists his former home for $1.3 million, Claudine Zap of Realtor.com reported Friday. The 36-year-old running back originally bought the property for $860,000 back in 2007, his third season with the 49ers.
The 1,242-square foot home holds three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Outside, there is a deck full of seating for relaxation or a dining area.
Photos courtesy of Realtor.com.
PROPERTY GALLERY HERE