Saxton was released by the 49ers on Friday, the team's official site reports.
Saxton's release comes as no surprise with George Kittle (shoulder) and Garrett Celek at the top of the depth chart at tight end.
Saxton, who went undrafted out of South Alabama in 2015, has appeared in just one regular-season contest throughout his career in the league. The 49ers are pretty much set at tight end with George Kittle and Garrett Celek at the top of the depth chart, so Saxton will be a longshot to make the 53-man roster.
Saxton was waived by the Lions on Thursday.
Saxton's time with the Lions will essentially be over before it even started, as the team waived him exactly 10 days after his signing to make room for the acquisition of fellow tight end Sean McGrath. Saxton will now look to catch on elsewhere, though a practice squad seems to be the most likely destination for the fourth-year player.
An undrafted free agent back in 2015, Saxton has struggled to find his niche in the NFL, bouncing around between practice squads much of the time. His lone action in the regular season came in 2015 with the Jets, though he didn't reel in a catch during that contest. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end will look to impress throughout minicamp and potentially training camp if he remains on the roster for that long, but he'll have a tough time making the final roster.
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