The arms race between the Seahawks and 49ers apparently applies only to players who can, you know, play.
On Thursday, the 49ers cut receiver Ricardo Lockette, a former Seahawk who became so close to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that Lockette described them during the offseason as “inseparable.” But the opportunity to pick Lockette’s brain about Kaepernick wasn’t enough to entice the Seahawks to add Lockette to the team.
Per Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the Seahawks didn’t make a waivers claim for Lockette. None of the other 30 teams did, either.
And so Lockette becomes a free agent, with only a few days to land on a 90-man roster before all rosters shrink to a limit of 75, which comes only a few days before all rosters shrink to 53.
The bad news for Lockette is that, by getting cut now, the 49ers may not be inclined to sign him back to the practice squad, where he spent time in 2012. If they viewed him as being worthy as one of the eight spots above the 53-man roster, logic suggests he would have made it at least to the final 75.