Owen Marecic, who epitomized the always-hustling, do-everything player Jim Harbaugh covets when the two were at Stanford, is joining the 49ers roster, according to CSN Bay Area. Marecic played both linebacker and fullback for the Cardinal when Harbaugh was the head coach. Marecic was cut by the Browns earlier this week and passed through waivers.
Here's Harbaugh on draft day two years ago when asked about Marecic, who was drafted as a fullback in the fourth round by Cleveland:
"We did everything we could to get him here and we came up short on that one," he said. "Cleveland got an outstanding football player in Owen Marecic. Like Trent (Baalke) said, I'm going to be, in my mind, associated with Owen Marecic for a long time and following him and his career. I'll be a fan because I love the way he plays football. I texted him and said we tried. It didn't happen. That was one that we didn't get that is a 49er kind of guy and Cleveland will be very happy with him and that was a heck of a job by them."
The 49ers' starting fullback is Bruce Miller, and that's unlikely to change. Marecic's addition, however, could be bad news for a special teams candidate. Anthony Dixon plays tailback, fullback and special teams. However, his value increased with LaMichael James' recent knee injury. Ray Ventrone presumably also is vulnerable.
The 49ers must cut 22 players by 3 p.m. to reach the 53-man limit. Those cuts have begun.
-- Matt Barrows