49ers waive/injured RB Kendall Hunter

AP

The 49ers are going to try and sneak injured tailback Kendall Hunter through waivers and onto injured reserve.

San Francisco waived Hunter with an “injured” designation on Monday, per the NFL’s transactions.

Hunter suffered an ACL tear in late July — an injury that likely ends his 2014 season. Also, he’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. In short, any team adding Hunter via waivers might not have him for a single snap this year and could lose him next offseason. However, they would have roughly six months to try and sign Hunter to a new deal.

Hunter is slated to make $645,000 in salary in 2014, according to NFLPA records.

By waiving the 25-year-old Hunter, the 49ers can conceivably use his roster spot to add another player as the preseason begins. However, they also risk a team snapping up Hunter, a solid reserve tailback when healthy.

Teams have shown a willingness to claim waived/injured players this summer, with Carolina losing tailback Tyler Gaffney to New England and Seattle losing offensive tackle Michael Bowie to Cleveland.

64 responses to “49ers waive/injured RB Kendall Hunter

  1. Good luck with that. Some team will snatch him up… and possibly, for no other reason than just to spite Harbaugh.

  2. This is really sad. Dude has a lot of potential and was poised for a break out year this year. Going to be a FA at end of year. I hope he stays with Niners, if not wish him the best with another lucky team.

  3. Wow! Hunter is a great RB2, heck better than the starter in some offenses. That’s a gutsy move on the niners’ part. Hopefully he stays with the club.

  4. bassplucker says:
    Aug 4, 2014 5:38 PM
    Good luck with that. Some team will snatch him up… and possibly, for no other reason than just to spite Harbaugh.
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    Oh yes I’m sure that some coach is going to use up a roster spot and money to “spite” another coach. Real brainy!

  5. beastmode5150 says:
    Aug 4, 2014 5:37 PM
    He should be relieved. Santa Clara is on a downward spiral.
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    If “Santa Clara” cannot use him maybe Orchard Park, Irving, Foxboro, or Glendale can provide him a roster spot!

  6. Pretty good change of pace back with kick return abilities. I don’t get how they are trying to sneak him on to IR since he is in his final year of his contract though. This is just the 49ers trying to get out from having to pay him if some team is dumb enough to claim a guy who is out for the season.

  7. I hate that this guy’s luck has been this bad. When healthy, he is a very solid option that would be a plug in starter on quite a few teams out there. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if a dozen teams try to claim him. I’d even bet the Giants or Browns likely land him.

  8. Seahawk trolls are sad. I mean, you guys won the whole thing but they still come off as little brother. Be happy you won, don’t act so petty.

  9. If “Santa Clara” cannot use him maybe Orchard Park, Irving, Foxboro, or Glendale can provide him a roster spot!

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    How is Santa Clara ifferent than all those? Simple because not only are they not in SF but Santa Clara is actually closer to another NFL city (Oakland) than Sf. In reality it makes more sense to call them San Jose or Oakland .

  10. Methinks peeps saying “we should sign him” aren’t quite grasping the reality here.

    He’d count 650K against this years cap, never play a down this year, and be a free agent next year.

    Why would someone do that? If you think he’s good, you can attempt to sign him next offseason and not have to give up the 650k this year.

  11. lurch61 says:
    Aug 4, 2014 5:43 PM
    bassplucker says:
    Aug 4, 2014 5:38 PM
    Good luck with that. Some team will snatch him up… and possibly, for no other reason than just to spite Harbaugh.
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    Oh yes I’m sure that some coach is going to use up a roster spot and money to “spite” another coach. Real brainy!
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    Considering a team that claims him from waivers can put him straight onto the IR, the roster spot is a moot point, it’s just a question of a small rookie salary that any team with real interest in Kendall would be happy to pay. Case in point, Michael Bowie being grabbed from Seattle’s Injury Waiver to Cleveland, they pick up his rookie contract – minimal for a 7th rounder that he was, and can dump him onto the IR to save for 2015. So, if you have the cap room, it’s not a bad idea…

  12. I agree Marvin49, it would be illogical to sign an injured played just so you have a little time to negotiate with him. What if his ACL doesn’t heal correctly? Quick way to get fired as a GM

  13. If they place him on IR, dosen’t that free up a roster spot? why do they have to waive him?

  14. Why would Seattle claim him? He doesn’t fit the mold for RB in Seattle. Look at Turbin, Michael and Lynch. They’re all 5’10” or taller, and 210+lbs. All of them are big physical backs. Hunter is 5’7″ and 199lbs. He’s also injury-prone. Doesn’t fit the Seahawk type.

  15. Why would Hunter agree to a new contract with some hypothetical team claiming him rather than waiting a few more months until he’s an unrestricted FA and seeing what the other offers are? Makes no sense. Don’t see anyone claiming him.

  16. lurch61 says:Aug 4, 2014 5:45 PM

    beastmode5150 says:
    Aug 4, 2014 5:37 PM
    He should be relieved. Santa Clara is on a downward spiral.
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    If “Santa Clara” cannot use him maybe Orchard Park, Irving, Foxboro, or Glendale can provide him a roster spot!

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    san fransico lost it’s football team…deal with it.

  17. If “Santa Clara” cannot use him maybe Orchard Park, Irving, Foxboro, or Glendale can provide him a roster spot!

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    How is Santa Clara ifferent than all those? Simple because not only are they not in SF but Santa Clara is actually closer to another NFL city (Oakland) than Sf. In reality it makes more sense to call them San Jose or Oakland .

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    Lighten up, Renton.

  18. Y are all these seagulls fans so concerned about the 5 time Super Bowl Champs? Don’t they have their own website? It’s ok girls, I would be concerned too, if I knew this team(Niners) was better than mine!!! Stay on your own site, don’t worry about us, cause we don’t care about you guys!!!

  19. I can see Pete Carroll already chomping at the bit to grab Hunter….

    This is a very strange poker play Niners.

  20. seahawkswilson says:
    Aug 4, 2014 5:58 PM
    If “Santa Clara” cannot use him maybe Orchard Park, Irving, Foxboro, or Glendale can provide him a roster spot!

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    How is Santa Clara ifferent than all those? Simple because not only are they not in SF but Santa Clara is actually closer to another NFL city (Oakland) than Sf. In reality it makes more sense to call them San Jose or Oakland
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    Point is that MANY NFL teams use suburbs that make more economic / weather sense than to continue in the urban area where they have been located. Santa Clara is still part of the fan base that has been SF 49ers for over 50 years. Actually I am sure that MORE fans live in the proximity to Santa Clara than actually in SF. The point is that it is STUPID and gotten old to continually refer to the niners as Santa Clara as if any different than the other teams that have located outside of their city. How about the “NEW YORK” giants and jets? Hell they are not even in the same state as where their name shows. Why not dig that name into the ground?

  21. Don’t complain about Seahawk trolls niner fans. There’s plenty of trolls to go around and you guys troll all the Seahawks posts. Go back to dusting off that 20 year old trophy you got. Ours still has that new trophy smell.

  22. I feel bad for Hunter, great, hardworking guy, talented RB that could have started for several teams prior to his injuries. He’s had a string of really bad luck, hoping he can come back healthy and have a shot to turn it around somewhere.

  23. It’s a good risk but I feel a team like the Raiders will try to snatch him up because it’s not like MJD and McFadden getting any younger and they are injury prone.

  24. truninerfan49 says:
    Aug 4, 2014 6:15 PM
    If they place him on IR, dosen’t that free up a roster spot? why do they have to waive him?
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    Because he had participated in practices he can’t be put on IR til AUG 27th to free up a roster spot.

  25. There’s no point in even wasting your time on a young RB with a knee injury. Just draft another. Odds are they’ll be alright.

  26. garglebargle says:
    Aug 4, 2014 6:06 PM
    But the NFL always honors its contracts, right Pete?

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    Actually yeah…the contract says that if a player is injured, the team can waive him. So yes…NFL teams do honor their contracts. Maybe the players should re-write the contracts, because when’s the last time a player had a case in court for “breach of contract” against a team?

  27. He is a free agent after the season, but I think someone will still claim him. This is an extremely risky move with a dynamic change of pace back. I’ll bet that at least 10 teams try to claim him. I wish you all the luck in the world Hunter. You will be missed a ton.

  28. All team are suffering big player losses this year. We just happen to have good backups that can step right in. Kendal has been hurt every year and we already have a beast of a backfield.

  29. the Patriots claim him….and PFT spends the next 2 days writing about what a great steal he is…and how the Patriots outsmart the league once again.

  30. 49er fan here,bad move.Hunter is good,the only reason he’s not a starter is because of Frank gore,he will get snached right away……..sad..

  31. So many Seatwat trolls here today, they’re like seagulls at the waste management facility. How’s that one and only trophy? Lonely I’ll bet. Did the NFL officials get their names engraved on it? After all, they helped you get it…

  32. If “Santa Clara” cannot use him maybe Orchard Park, Irving, Foxboro, or Glendale can provide him a roster spot!

    ———————-

    How is Santa Clara ifferent than all those? Simple because not only are they not in SF but Santa Clara is actually closer to another NFL city (Oakland) than Sf. In reality it makes more sense to call them San Jose or Oakland
    —————————————————————————
    Point is that MANY NFL teams use suburbs that make more economic / weather sense than to continue in the urban area where they have been located. Santa Clara is still part of the fan base that has been SF 49ers for over 50 years. Actually I am sure that MORE fans live in the proximity to Santa Clara than actually in SF. The point is that it is STUPID and gotten old to continually refer to the niners as Santa Clara
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    So you are admitting that the Niners moved to Santa Clara where most of their fans live….

    The city of San Francisco should have stepped up and built a stadium, then Santa Clara wouldn’t have stole the team.

    Welcome to the NFC West the Santa Clara 49ers..

    Go Hawks

  33. If it were some other kind of injury then maybe a team grabs him. But an ACL on a tailback is a bit risky. I bet he makes it thru to their injured reserve list.

  34. The ignorance of most of the people commenting on this post makes me sad.
    -No one will claim him because he is OUT for the year and a FA next year. Why claim him, IR him, pay him, then watch him go elsewhere next season? You get nothing for your money.
    -SF cannot IR him until after the first round of roster cuts happen I believe, which is why the cut/waiver thing has to happen. They need the roster spot. If no one claims him he will go to the Niners IR and be paid.
    Why is this so hard to understand?

  35. Hey number one Seattle fan

    Are you wearing your 12th man jersey watching Super Bowl replay in moms basement? Nice! Is there one Seahawks fan east of the state of Washington? Didn’t think so

    Go Niners

  36. He probably won’t get claimed. He’s out for the year and is a FA at the end of the year. Any team claiming him would just be paying him for nothing.

  37. Well, cletus, aside from his recent bad luck streak of injuries, a team might want to claim him because he has proven that he can play at a mid-high level in the league. If he wasn’t playing second fiddle to Frank Gore, he most likely would have put up some good numbers over the course of a season. He’s a good runner, receiver, can return punts/kicks, and has been a good teammate and hasn’t had any off-field issues. A team with cap space could claim him, IR him, and then have a whole year to try to work out a multi-year deal with him even with clauses assuming the injury risk. An established but still young vet at less than a million dollars isn’t a bad risk to assume.

  38. This article failed to report that Hunter has a season ending injury and he is a FA after this year.. meaning, that if any team picks him up.. will have to use a roster spot.. then put him on IR and then he becomes a free agent at season’s end.. and im pretty sure the niners might not have plans to resign him anyway..

  39. Remember someone like Hunter when you start to whine about a guy holding out for more cash in a contract. (almost all one year contracts anymore…) Travesty that the NFL is the only league with non-guaranteed contracts. Congress should step in and fix this injustice or strip the NFL of their Antitrust Exemption. (God knows they’re not doing anything else…)

  40. I believe that if they had hung on to him to the cut to 75, then he can go straight to IR w/o hitting the waiver wire. I doubt the 49ers needed a camp body so badly that they could not keep him. After all, there are going to be 22 guys on the 75 that don’t make the 53.

    I think this means that they are ok with letting him go and if someone picks him up for a year, it’s money off their books and they still have a shot to sign him when he’s a FA.

    Good luck Kendall. I enjoyed watching you play and I sincerely hope you get better and can show what you can do.

  41. If the Lions weren’t so stacked at RB I’d say grab him but you know we got Theo Riddick and Leshore manning the 3rd and 4th RB spots so we good

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