1. A.J. Jenkins- The guy has been an absolute bust this year, despite high-praise coming out of the University of Illinois. The former first-round talent was supposed to be the complimentary deep-threat to WR Michael Crabtree, but instead was mainly a practice squad player watching from the sidelines. Jenkins appeared in only three games during the regular season, making no impact whatsoever. A huge disappointment for a player that was highly praised coming out of the draft. The 49ers regime took a swing and missed on this one, as Jenkins is quickly becoming GM Trent Baalke’s first of potentially many, first-round busts.
2. David Akers- This was a no-brainer choice, as no player had a more disappointing season than Akers. A player that was arguably the team’s MVP in 2011, quickly became the team’s achilles heel in 2012. The player known for his acute accuracy and strong leg was not himself. His confidence wavered and his ability to make the routine chip shot field-goals was always in doubt. Furthermore, although he set the NFL-record for the longest field-goal made of 63 yards, he also led the league in missed field-goals with 13.
3. Chris Culliver- The player known as “Cully” played relatively well during the regular season but had a significant drop off in the playoffs. He was consistently beat on double moves and was often picked on. However, despite his poor playoff performance, it was his off-field actions, that garnered headlines. His anti-gay remarks during Super Bowl week were both condescending and inappropriate. I should point out that he did apologize for his words and is taking full responsibility for his actions. Whether the 49ers will retain his services after his rookie contract expires remains to be seen, as he will need to have a huge 2013 season in order to even be considered a contract extension.
4. Tramaine Brock- Brock has been nothing more than a special teams plug. A player that is only regulated to special teams duties, does not provide much value for a Super Bowl contender. And 2012 is no different. Although a serviceable backup, Brock should be let go, as his secondary play has been down right awful. His inability to stick with receivers and make plays on the ball is what prompted his demotion in the first place.
5. Randy Moss- The player that was supposed to revive his career in San Francisco and be that missing piece to the offense was sorely missed. Moss was seldom used throughout the year, and never made the splash we all had hoped. His poor play during Super Bowl XLVII was both frustrating and demoralizing. Simply put, a once dominant player that clearly lost a step or two. In his only season as a Niner, Moss racked up 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Although he provided a great locker room presence, Moss will most likely not be retained.