With the signing of kicker Billy Cundiff, the San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Eric Bakhtiari to make room on their 53-man roster. Cundiff is expected to compete with David Akers to be the place kicker for the playoffs. San Francisco has an extra week to determine if it will be Cundiff or Akers. This is the second time this season Bakhtiari was cut by the 49ers. He was previously cut right before the season started.
The linebacker appeared in five games this season after re-signing with the team on September 19. He filled an open roster spot when fellow linebacker Clark Haggans was suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
Bakhtiari was inactive for the San Francisco’s season finale against the Cardinals and he has now been released 11 times by six NFL teams since 2008. He played college at the University of San Diego under Jim Harbaugh.