49ersí Lawrence Okoye, Lamar Divens headed to IR after clearing waivers
As previously expected, both of the players still remain with the 49ers a day later after they cleared waivers on Wednesday. When a player is waive/injured, they are placed on the league’s waiver wire which allows other teams to put a claim on them. If he is awarded to a new team, that player must remain on their final 53-man roster, or the team has the option to waive him again.
However, both Lawrence Okoye and Lamar Divens remain with the 49ers, at least for the time being. But the 27-year-old Lamar Divens seems to be quickly running out of opportunities in NFL after making stops in San Diego, Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and most recently San Francisco only to play five career games since 2008. Okoye’s also failed to make much of an impact for the 49ers this offseason. His hopes of becoming an NFL contributor hit a speed bump after the rookie injured his knee during the 49ers’ third-game of the preseason last Sunday. However, Okoye luckily did not suffer an ACL or any other form of season-ending injury, 49ers coach Harbaugh confirmed earlier this week.
Even if Okoye had not suffered a knee injury, it’s unlikely that any other team would have claimed the 21-year-old seeing how he is considered a developmental project at this point.
The 49ers have two ways around the current situation. As the players revert to the teams’ injured reserve list, their salaries will count against the cap. The 49ers could choose to work out an injury settlement with the players, which would basically cut them loose. The team had a similar arrangement with Darcel McBath, who is currently a free agent.
The 49ers could opt to strike an injury settlement with Okoye, seeing how he will otherwise revert to the team’s IR for the rest of the season, and will not be able to join the practice squad or participate in team drills. If they work out an injury settlement, they might actually be able to sign Okoye to the practice squad, and potentially him some actual practice work as the season progresses.