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49ers cut Shawntae Spencer

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Shawntae Spencer is out in San Francisco.

Spencer, a cornerback who has spent his entire eight-year career in San Francisco, was released today, in a move that frees up $3.3 million under the 49ers’ salary cap.

“The 49ers would like to thank Shawntae for his eight years of service to the organization and the Bay Area community,” 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He has always represented himself, his family and this organization with the utmost class. We wish him, and his family, the very best.”

The 30-year-old Spencer started all 16 games for two straight seasons in 2009 and 2010, but in 2011 he was largely phased out of the defense, appearing in just nine games and starting none. Spencer said late in the postseason that he felt like the 49ers dumped him, and in February the 49ers gave him permission to seek a trade. Now he’s free to sign anywhere he’d like.

UPDATE: Spencer told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that he heard from the Texans within minutes of his release becoming official.

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13 Responses to “49ers cut Shawntae Spencer”
  1. 40zntallcanz says: Mar 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    phased out cuz he was injured. lost his spot to younger players and the younger players were doing well. ish happens

  2. skeebo80 says: Mar 15, 2012 1:22 PM

    Never understood why he was phased out. Hes much better than Culliver.

  3. 49erjohnny says: Mar 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    The question is why not cut him sooner instead of going through the whole seek a trade farce. That’s the thanks he gets for the 8 years of service to the organization. He might have caught on with another team by now if they released him at the appropriate time.

  4. sonoco says: Mar 15, 2012 1:34 PM

    1. Spencer is not “much better” than Culliver.

    2. The team was trying to create a trade market by waiting for the first wave of FA’s to sign but evidently it never materialized. Spencer will have zero problem finding gainful employment.

  5. marcsasharc says: Mar 15, 2012 1:36 PM

    Better than Culliver???

    Lmao. Spencer was 1 of the worst CBs in the nfl when he started.

    Don’t believe me? Check his metrics and come talk to me.

    Meanwhile, Culliver played very well last year.

  6. WestCoastVet says: Mar 15, 2012 1:38 PM

    Good luck Shawntae!

  7. buckeye4278 says: Mar 15, 2012 1:39 PM

    Paging Mike Brown:

    This is a vet that has been cut that would actually make the Bengals better!!!!!!

    So obviously we won’t purse him. *sigh*

  8. kylehealy says: Mar 15, 2012 1:39 PM

    Spencer is not much better than Culliver….that’s why he was phased out and the 49ers didn’t cut him sooner because Spencer was under contract for 2012. It wasn’t likely, but there was a chance a team with some cap room would value Spencer and not want him to test the open market, so why not trade for him. It’s not a slap in the face to Spencer, it’s common sense, this is a business. Also it’s very unlikely he would have signed elsewhere. Free agency is less than 48 hours old, only the top CBs have signed to set the market. Spencer is a middle tier guy. They released him at the appropriate time.

  9. raiderstotheship says: Mar 15, 2012 1:40 PM

    I can see my man Reggie going after him for the rite price. maybe a 1 year 2 mil prove it deal, welcome to Oakland!

  10. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Mar 15, 2012 1:48 PM

    culliver>spencer……culliver is bigger, faster and younger…spencer is solid but has peaked and is smaller, slower and older and more expensive!..thanks spencer for solid years but we needed to get younger and faster back there. dont worry the redskins or the raiders will sign you asap probably for 5 years, 40 mill..haha

  11. Nevis says: Mar 15, 2012 1:50 PM

    49ers are deep at DB right now, Spencer couldn’t get onto the field last year. This was an expected, no-brainer move.

    Wish him the best, he’s a decent player and a good guy.

  12. blue80hutthutt says: Mar 15, 2012 2:59 PM

    Good luck Spencer. Shouldn’t have trouble finding a new team.

  13. jnova80 says: Mar 15, 2012 5:20 PM

    Going to miss just having this guy around. I’ll never forget his hit on Kitna about five years ago. And he was always great against Larry Fitzgerald. Got phased out due to injury. He’ll make a great #3 on someones defense.

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