49ers Claim Rights To WR
August 22 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The 49ers had a busy day on Wednesday. The team signed two Arena League players. Both play cornerback and kick returner. But the team made a bigger move to, claiming the rights to receiver Jeremy McDaniel who was one of nine players released from the Buffallo Bills. The 49ers awarded the rights to McDaniel despite other teams making a claim for him on the waiver wire.
The former undrafted free agent will join the 49ers with a $375 000 salary that he was due to earn with the Bills. There is one year remaining on his contract. McDaniel has never started a full season, but did participate in 16 games in 2000 with six starts. That season he had 697 yards on 43 receptions. McDaniel has relatively good size and uses his speed to stretch the field. He averages over 15 yards per reception.
To make room for McDnaniel the 49ers waived receiver Cory Brown.
McDaniel will join the 49ers as a possible fifth receiver. He is not likely to beat out Owens, Stokes, Streets or Wilson, particularly this late in the off-season but if he shows the 49ers he’s worth keeping around, the 49ers may dedicate another roster spot to him. The extra receiver though, could force Vinny Sutherland out of a position. McDaniel is a veteran receiver known for his agility and reliable hands.