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49ers Release CB Isaiah Oliver

49ers Release CB Isaiah Oliver

Signed to work alongside starters Charvarius Ward and Deommodore Lenoir, Isaiah Oliver was unable to hold down a regular role in San Francisco. As a result, he will be sent back to free agency.

The 49ers cut Oliver on Friday, the team announced. The NFC champions will pick up $2.4MM in cap space by moving on from the veteran cornerback, who came over after five years in Atlanta. San Francisco had given Oliver a two-year, $6.75MM deal.

Oliver, 27, played 46% of the 49ers’ defensive snaps last season. Targeted as a big nickel-type presence by one-and-done DC Steve Wilks, the former second-round pick was demoted following a three-game midseason skid. Once the 49ers re-emerged for their Jaguars matchup in Week 8, Ambry Thomas had taken over as the team’s primary third corner. This came after the team pursued the likes of Patrick Surtain, Jaylon Johnson and Nate Hobbs before the deadline.

The 49ers only gave Oliver a notable role again in a Week 18 game that involved many backups, as it came after the team clinched home-field advantage. During the 49ers’ three playoff games, Oliver only played on special teams. For the season, he still made 67 tackles, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. The Colorado alum will be looking for a new team, however.

The 6-foot-2 cover man had been a Falcons regular for five years. An ACL tear sustained in Week 4 of the 2021 season crushed Oliver’s contract year, leading to a low-cost deal to stay in Atlanta for the ’22 campaign. Starting 38 games for the Falcons during that five-year tenure, Oliver has been unable to rebuild his stock since.

Ward, Lenoir and Thomas are each under contract for the 2024 season. Thomas struggled at point during San Francisco’s playoff journey, and with Oliver unable to man the slot in the way K’Waun Williams and Jimmie Ward had, the 49ers may be on the lookout for more help soon. Lenoir shifting inside on passing downs remains in play for the 49ers, but it seems likely the 49ers will add a piece to this equation this offseason.

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