With training camp eight days away the San Francisco 49ers filled the final spot on their 90-man roster with wide receiver Charly Martin. The Niners claimed Martin off waivers after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks.
Martin only appeared in four games last season with the Seahawks, which included one start. He finished the season with four catches for 42 yards. Since 2009, he was played for the Seahawks, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
It was not a surprise to see the news of the Niners claiming a wide receiver off waivers. The team needed more depth with Michael Crabtree hurt, and Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams still recovering from injuries from last season. Martin is a long-shot to make the team, but the likely reason San Francisco signed him was to get as much knowledge on the Seahawks as possible.
The move also could be a response by the 49ers to the Seahawks who claimed tight end/long snapper Kyle Nelson off waivers last week after he was released by San Francisco.