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August 13, 2012
49ers add two tight ends; cut offensive lineman


The 49ers have signed not one, but two, tight ends to address their recent shortage at the position. The team today inked both Gijon Robinson, who played at Missouri Western, and Joe Sawyer, who played at Southwest Missouri State, to deals. To make room on the roster, they cut guard Garrett Chisolm.

Nate Byham, who is coming back from an ACL injury, and Delanie Walker, who suffered a knee injury Sunday, are not practicing today. Because they are recent signees, neither Robinson nor Sawyer can practice in pads initially. Robinson is wearing No. 43; Sawyer has No. 83. Another newcomer, outside linebacker Kenny Rowe, is wearing No. 41.

Robinson played three years in Indianapolis (2008-10) and caught 31 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in that span. He was most recently part of the Jaguars' training camp. To learn more about Sawyer, a big-bodied tight end with intriguing skills, click here.

The 49ers are now at the 90-man roster limit.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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