In Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh’s third offseason remodeling the San Francisco 49ers, the trailblazing general manager-head coach tandem dug deep into self-analysis once again, making several calculated decisions that ultimately resulted in the advancement of the roster.
For the club to continue it's progress in 2013, a lot of unemotional rulings had to be made during the recent evaluation period. Philosophically, this is an organization that largely bases its personnel decisions on merit. They also evaluate player value, weigh it against contractual value and determine if a player is worth a spot, all the while taking into account team needs.
This rough formula is how the 49ers strain 90 players down to a 53-man list in the span of only a couple months. And while a significant percentage of the roster was already set, there are always unforeseen factors that bring a little shock value to the final cut-down day before the start of the season.
The following is a complete presentation of 10 snubs and surprises that materialized from Saturday’s roster announcements at 49ers headquarters.