SANTA CLARA – Shortly after getting out of a meeting Thursday morning, 49ers coach Chip Kelly learned the Philadelphia Eagles released wide receiver Josh Huff.
Moments later when Kelly spoke to the media, it was too early to say whether the 49ers would be interested in acquiring his former player from Oregon and the Eagles. Huff was arrested this week. The Eagles released him on Thursday.
“I have no idea what happened,” Kelly said. “I haven’t followed any of it. I know he got arrested two days ago, but I haven’t followed any of it.”
Kelly said he has not spoken with general manager Trent Baalke about Huff. Baalke has been scouting. He attended the Western Michigan-Ball State game on Tuesday and the Toledo-Akron game on Wednesday. Baalke arrived back at the 49ers' practice facility on Thursday after the 49ers had started practice.
Huff has appeared in seven games this season with two starts. He has caught 13 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown. In his career, Huff has 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns.
This season, Huff has also averaged 36.0 yards on seven kickoff returns, including a 98-yard touchdown.
He entered the NFL in 2014 as a third-round draft pick after his career at Oregon. Huff was the first Oregon player Kelly picked after coming to the NFL.
Huff was released on Thursday, two days after being arrested for DUI, possession of marijuana, illegal possession of a firearm and the possession of six hollow-tip bullets.
“This was about gathering all the information and making the right move for the Philadelphia Eagles. We did not want to rush to judgment,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told reporters. “Over the last 48 hours, when we when through this process, we thought this was the best decision for the Philadelphia Eagles.”