49ers News: Robert Nkemdiche Released After Agreeing to Contract in July

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 16, 2022

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The San Francisco 49ers announced that they have released defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, who signed with the team on a one-year deal on July 26.

The 27-year-old played his first three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who selected the Ole Miss star with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

He also played with the Miami Dolphins (2019) and Seattle Seahawks (2021) before landing with the 49ers.

Some 49ers beat reporters and writers gave more context into the Nkemdiche release.

Rohan Chakravarthi @RohanChakrav

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49ers</a> announce they've released DT Robert Nkemdiche.<br><br>Was working towards a potential roster spot early in camp, but several others started playing both on the edge and the inside, losing him reps. Loud voice for sure. <br><br>Now, the 49ers are at 85 on the roster.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49wz?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49wz</a>

Matt Barrows @mattbarrows

The fifth player the 49ers cut to reach the 85-man limit: DT Robert Nkemdiche.

David Lombardi @LombardiHimself

So the 49ers' first round of roster cuts is finished. It looks like this:<br><br>Darqueze Dennard, Robert Nkemdiche, Josh Hokit, KeeSean Johnson, Tomasi Laulile

Dieter Kurtenbach @dieter

Zero knock with cutting Nkemdiche. He made some seriously flashy plays in camp of both the good and woeful variety. As of late, it’s been far more of the latter. Honestly don’t know if he ever had a “meh” rep.

KP @KP_Show

Kyle Shanahan yelled at Nkemdiche twice during the first week of camp for taking his teammates to the ground on a tackle. That sealed his fate. <a href="https://t.co/SfUWhbAP6R">https://t.co/SfUWhbAP6R</a>

Jordan Elliott @JLeeElliott

Robert Nkemdiche’s time with the 49ers may have been short lived, but his impact with the team was clearly felt <br><br>Nkemdiche brought a ton of energy to the building everyday, and regularly went out of his way to interact and engage with fans throughout training camp

Nkemdiche's best season occurred in 2018 when he amassed 32 tackles, seven quarterback hits and 4.5 sacks in 10 games (six starts).

Unfortunately, the ex-Ole Miss defensive tackle suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Dec. 9, 2018 against the Detroit Lions. He never played another down for the Cardinals after they declined his fifth-year option in May 2019 and waived him two months later following a failed physical designation.

Nkemdiche signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins for the 2019 season. He started the year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and played just two games that season before the Dolphins waived him on Nov. 5. The NFL also suspended Nkemdiche two weeks on Nov. 13 for an undisclosed reason.

He caught on with the Seahawks in 2021 on a one-year deal, playing nine games and amassing 15 tackles.

Before his NFL tenure, Nkemdiche starred at Ole Miss, earning first-team All-SEC honors and second-team All-American honors in 2015. He ultimately played three seasons with the Rebels after earning consensus No. 1 overall recruit honors in the class of 2013.


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