July 28, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke (facing) watches during training camp at the Marie P. DeBartolo Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Baalke: FB Owen Marecic Turned Down Chance to Rejoin 49ers


Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

During an appearance on 95.7 The Game on Friday, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke confirmed FB Owen Marecic turned down an opportunity to rejoin the team.

The 49ers tried re-signing Marecic after starting fullback Bruce Miller was placed on the Injured Reserve List with a fractured shoulder blade, ending his season. Baalke said it was Owen’s decision, not the coaching staff or front office.

Basically, it came down to Owen choosing not to pursue playing in the National Football League any more at his time. It had nothing to do with a decision that was made by myself or coach. It was a decision solely made by Owen.

Marecic was with the 49ers in September for two weeks, but he was released on October 1. He played under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, so it was a surprise to hear it was his decision not to sign with the Niners. There have been reports that Marecic didn’t have the desire to play anymore.

The 49ers re-signed defensive lineman/fullback Will Tukuafu to take the roster spot instead. Anthony Dixon is expected to start at fullback against the Atlanta Falcons.

That’s one of the reasons Owen was in here earlier in the year, so we could get him some reps, knowing that there was a good chance we weren’t going to be able to keep him through the season. And then if we needed him, at some point being able to go back to him. So it just didn’t play out. And that was totally Owen’s choice. ~ Baalke

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