San Francisco 49ers

Big-bodied center to try out for 49ers

Buffalo Bills' Jared Wheeler (63) stretches during warm-ups before a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Friday Aug. 8, 2014.
Buffalo Bills' Jared Wheeler (63) stretches during warm-ups before a preseason NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Friday Aug. 8, 2014. AP

Jared Wheeler, a big-bodied center/guard from the University of Miami, will try out for the 49ers when the team holds its rookie minicamp later this month, Wheeler's agent said today.

Wheeler also will try out for the Seahawks this coming weekend. Seattle signed Wheeler (6-5, 325) in February, but he was among five players waived this week as the Seahawks made room on their roster for draft picks and other rookies.

Wheeler went undrafted in 2014 and was signed as a free agent by Carolina. He was waived after the Panthers signed a veteran center. He was picked up by the Bills where he spent training camp before being part of Buffalo's final cuts.

Three 49ers played center last season -- Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin and Dillon Farrell. Kilgore is currently rehabilitating from an ankle injury suffered Oct. 19. None of those players is eligible to participate in the upcoming rookie camp.

As the name implies, rookies can take part in the camp, which for the 49ers runs from May 16-18. So can tryout players like Wheeler as well as first-year players who were not part of the 49ers' 53-man roster a year ago.

That last category includes 2014 rookies who were injured like guard Brandon Thomas, cornerbacks Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker and fullback Trey Millard.

Last year, outside linebacker Chase Thomas took part in the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, was invited to training camp and ended up spending five games on the active roster. Thomas tore his ACL in March, however, and was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list this week. He does not count against the 90-man offseason roster.

The 49ers currently have 89 players on their roster.

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