The San Francisco 49ers have quite frankly, had the worst off-season in NFL history.
After firing head coach Jim Harbaugh and hiring the completely untested Jim Tomsula, the 49ers then lost Chris Borland, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Anthony Davis - who all decided to retire from the National Football League in the same summer.
And it got a lot worse, when Ahmad Brooks was charged as part of a sexual assault case, alongside former 49ers player Ray McDonald. Well now it's just got worse, for British fans at least.
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It was revealed today that in the Niners first set of roster cuts to get to the cap down to 75, San Francisco have released Lawrence Okoye.
Okoye, the British Olympian in the discus who spent three summers working toward a possible career as an NFL defensive lineman, did not make it through the first round of cuts with the 49ers.
Okoye had actually gotten off to a good start to the exhibition season with two quarterback pressures – narrowly missing sacks – in the 49ers’ opener against the Houston Texans.
The 49ers liked him, but their just wasn't space on their roster, especially this year when they desperately need some stability, and let him go now so he could get as much exposure as possible.
Okoye went through training camp with the NFC West side before the 2014 campaign, and although he was released, he was re-signed and spent the season on the practice squad.