In the latest roster moves for the San Francisco 49ers the team activated wide receiver Mario Manningham and cornerback Eric Wright. Both players are expected to play against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.
Manningham was activated off the team’s Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List. Wright was activated from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. Both players returned to practice on October 15.
To make room on the roster, the 49ers released cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed with the team on April 3. Asomugha only appeared in three games this season, making one start, recording three tackles and two passes defensed. The cornerback was trying to restart his career after two disappointing seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49ers will not take a financial hit because none of Nnamdi’s money in his contract was guaranteed.
Despite Manningham not playing in a game since December 23, he will be a huge boost to an offense that is sorely lacking another receiving threat. Opposing defenses will now have to account for a third reliable receiving option on the 49ers offense. Defenses mostly focused on Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis this season to take away Colin Kaepernick’s receiving options. This will be much harder to accomplish with Manningham on the field.
Before Mario went down with a knee injury, he played in 12 games and had 42 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown last season. He was second in receptions and yards among the wide receivers in 2012.
How much of an impact Wright will have for the 49ers defense is unknown. The 49ers will likely list him as a third-string cornerback, so he won’t be needed much unless one of the starters or backups goes down with an injury. The team tried trading for him in the off-season, but he failed a physical which voided the trade. However, the 49ers were able to sign him as a free agent on August 8.