Sakamoto: 49ers RT Erik Pears Among 1st Wave of Cuts!


The San Francisco 49ers needed to cut four more players to reach the 75-mandated limit, and cut ties with two of four, as RT Erik Pears and TE Busta Anderson were released.

Pears who has been nothing short of a huge disappointment since coming to San Francisco as a free-agent, will now be looking for work via free-agency. The 49ers had hoped that Pears could be the swing tackle while doubling up as a solid offensive guard, but that never panned out.

Right after the draft selections of OT Fahn Cooper and OT John Theus, I wrote an article as to why I thought Pears would be released sooner rather than later. (read here)

After watching the Green Bay Packers game, I unknowingly tweeted some things on Pears right before his release as he had a rough time in the third-quarter. Nothing against Pears, but it just wasn’t the right fit in San Francisco and hopefully he can redeem himself elsewhere.

As for Anderson, it was a numbers game. In fact, if you read my article (here), he was one of 7 players who I thought would be let go in my 1st wave of cuts.

So who’s next? We’ll find out soon enough, as the 49ers have until Tuesday, August 30 at 1 PM PT to make those decisions.

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