After a win against the Arizona Cardinals and grabbing the NFC West championship, the 49ers have made a few roster changes. After suspending running back Brandon Jacobs for the last three regular season games, the 49ers released Jacobs. After missing the first eleven games, Jacobs wasn’t happy about his playing time and wasn’t shy about expressing the fact. Jacobs aired his grievances on Twitter. While Jacobs has hit the waiver wire, he cannot play for another team until after the season is over.
The 49ers worked out kickers this week after David Akers continued his struggles against Arizona. The 49ers have signed kicker Billy Cundiff, who will compete with Akers during practices to kick during the playoffs. After missing 5 of 12 attempts with the Washington Redskins, Cundiff was cut back in October. This was the second time Cundiff has worked out for the 49ers, first time back in November when coach Jim Harbaugh decided to stick it out with Akers.
In order to make room for Cundiff, the Niners released linebacker Eric Bakhtiari. Bakhtiari has bounced off and on the 49ers roster this season. He was signed back in May and released in August when the Niners made their final roster cuts. In September when Clark Haggans received a three-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on substance abuse, Bakhtiari was re-signed and then released in October when Haggans was re-instated. When Jacobs was suspended towards the end of the season and Demarcus Dobbs found himself on the injured reserves, Bakhtiari was signed once again. Since joining the NFL in 2008, Bakhtiari has been released eleven times by six different teams.
Thanks to the Minnesota Vikings win over the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers have a bye week this week and can use the extra time to adjust to the roster changes and give Justin Smith some more time to recover from his triceps injury. The 49ers will play the winner of the Redskins/Seahawks game at Candlestick January 12.