San Francisco 49ers

Linebacker Shayne Skov, receiver Eric Rogers among 13 cut by 49ers

Lineman Mike Purcell rumbles into the end zone following an interception in a preseason game between the 49ers and Cowboys.
Lineman Mike Purcell rumbles into the end zone following an interception in a preseason game between the 49ers and Cowboys. The Bee

To make room for their draft class and recent rookie additions, the 49ers on Tuesday released 13 players, including linebacker Shayne Skov, nose tackle Mike Purcell and receiver Eric Rogers, who had been earmarked for a big role in Chip Kelly’s 2016 offense but tore an ACL in training camp and never played a snap.

Skov, who played at Stanford, had been on and off San Francisco’s roster in recent years. Purcell started eight games over the last three seasons but was part of a 49ers defense that last year surrendered more rushing yards than any squad in team history. Purcell became expendable when the team drafted Mississippi defensive lineman D.J. Jones in the sixth round.

The 49ers also announced they had signed interior offensive linemen Brandon Fusco and Tim Barnes to one-year deals.

Fusco, 28, was released by the Vikings in February. He originally was a sixth-round pick out of Slippery Rock in 2011. He started 31 games his first three seasons but suffered a tore a pectoral muscle in 2014 and had trouble regaining his previous form. Fusco also dealt with concussions in recent years. He has played both right and left guard.

Barnes, 28, was released by the Los Angeles Rams in March. He entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2011. He started the last 32 games at center for the Rams.

During the 49ers’ recent minicamp practice, Zane Beadles lined up at left guard with the first-string offense, Daniel Kilgore was the center and Joshua Garnett played right guard. Veteran Jeremy Zuttah sat out the session with a minor injury. Fusco and Barnes will join that group in a competition to see who starts at the two guard spots and center.

Before the draft, the 49ers signed a free-agent offensive tackle, Garry Gilliam, to compete with Trent Brown at right tackle.

The 49ers drafted 10 players over the weekend and traded for running back Kapri Bibbs. They also are expected to sign as many as 15 undrafted rookies this week.

The list of cuts:

C Alex Balducci

S Marcus Ball

LB Carl Bradford

LB Jayson DiManche

TE Je’Ron Hamm

WR Chris Harper

LB Wynton McManis

P Brock Miller

DL Zach Moore

NT Mike Purcell

WR Eric Rogers

CB JaCorey Shepherd

LB Shayne Skov

The 49ers wrapped up the third and final day of the 2017 NFL draft by picking three offensive players and three on defense. From a former rugby player to last year's leading NCAA receiver by yardage, here are the 49ers' Saturday selections.

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