The 49ers have released veteran linebacker Philip Wheeler, according to NFL Network. He signed a one-year contract in the offseason before missing most of training camp with a leg strain. Wheeler did see action in 21 plays in the final preseason game Thursday and recorded a sack, but his performance was apparently not encouraging enough to save his job.
The 49ers signed linebacker Philip Wheeler , the team announced on Thursday. Wheeler played the last two years with the Dolphins, after four years with the Colts and one with the Raiders. Miami released him on March 10. Wheeler had 46 tackles last year, his fewest since his rookie year. It was also just the third season he's been held to no sacks.
Linebacker Philip Wheeler is scheduled to visit with the 49ers on Monday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Wheeler was released by the Dolphins earlier this month, saving the team $3 million in cap space. In seven seasons with the Colts, Raiders and Dolphins, the 30-year-old has recorded 493 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, 15 passes defensed and four forced fumbles.
The Dolphins announced the release of outside linebacker Philip Wheeler, who had 45 tackles in 15 games last year. ESPN's Adam Schefter said Wheeler will be designated a post-June 1 cut, saving the team $3 million in cap space.
The Dolphins have yet to release linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler, and are currently seeking a trade before the league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, reports Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. According to the Palm Beach Post, Miami is looking to trade both players for eighth-round draft picks.