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Veteran NFL Linebacker Has Reportedly Been Released

A closeup of a 49ers football helmet. Kyle Shanahan revealed his starter between Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens ahead of Week 3.

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 30: A San Francisco 49ers helmet on the sidelines during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi's Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly released a veteran linebacker from their roster.

Malcolm Smith, who spent two seasons with San Francisco, has been released by the franchise. He will be allowed to sign elsewhere immediately.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network tweeted the news of the release on Tuesday afternoon.

Smith should receive significant interest from other teams.

The former super bowl MVP couldn't stay on the field much during his time in San Francisco. A torn pectoral sidelined him for all of 2017. Several minor injuries caused four missed games in 2018.

Following back-to-back seasons with 100-plus combined tackles with the Oakland Raiders from 2015-2016, Smith became a hot commodity. San Francisco signed him to a 5 year, $26.5 million contract in 2017.

As previously mentioned, injuries hampered the linebacker's success. Smith ends his 49ers career with 35 total tackles in 12 games played. He'll provide good experience for whichever team signs him next.

Smith's release opens the door 49ers to sign another player. As a result, wide receiver Nick Williams has signed with the team, also reported by Garafolo. He was cut by the Denver Broncos yesterday.

Williams has experience with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan from their days in Atlanta with the Falcons. His best season came in 2015 when he had 17 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Williams has just 12 catches in the three seasons since.