The 49ers on Wednesday waived vast receiver Austin Watkins with an injury settlement. The transaction moves Watkins off the 49ers’ Injured Reserve record and makes the undrafted rookie an unrestricted free agent.
Watkins signed with the 49ers after the 2021 draft out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. His quest to snag a roster predicament ended early within the preseason opener when he sustained a broken foot. Watkins, admirably, performed thru the injury and notched 23 offensive snaps and two particular groups snaps. He wasn’t focused within the passing recreation.
It turn out to be once printed within the times following the recreation that his foot turn out to be once broken. He turn out to be once waived with an injury designation, cleared waivers, and reverted to the 49ers’ IR. He might presumably’ve spent the season rehabbing in Santa Clara, but his season would’ve been over. Now that he’s an unrestricted free agent he’ll be in a location to signal with one other membership with a likelihood to play in 2021 once his foot heals.