The San Francisco 49ers lack depth in the offensive line. So it comes as a surprise that they’ve reportedly cut Adam Snyder, a guard that was a prominent backup for a team. He was in the loop to start at right guard, due to uncertainty with Alex Boone, who is a contract holdout.
Many expected the 49ers to keep Snyder around, as he is a talented option in a 49ers landscape of relatively untalented players. Joe Looney could now be the starting right guard and it’s hard to say who will be his backup — perhaps Michael Philipp or Dillon Farrell.
One consideration was likely money. Snyder was due $1 million dolls in base salary. Farrell is due only $420,000. If the 49ers think they are close to settling the contract dispute with Boone, then perhaps the release of Farrell can help them go the extra mile.
#49ers Adam Snyder was scheduled to earn a $1 million base salary. Dillon Farrell: $420,000.
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) August 30, 2014
Snyder, 32, started four games last season. He has 87 career NFL starts.
Without a decent offensive line, Colin Kaepernick with continue to struggle. So too, will all of the talented running backs in the 49ers stable. It should be interesting to see how they can put together a starting unit that turns around the poor performance that they had during the preseason. Perhaps cutting Snyder is a step in the right direction — perhaps not.
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