Santa Clara – The 49ers claimed their second defensive lineman off waivers this week, picking up Patriots defensive end and special teams maven Cassius Marsh from the Patriots. The team also claimed former Jaguar defensive lineman Sheldon Day.
Marsh,a one-time Seahawk, was traded to Pats before the season for a fifth-round pick. His playing time began to erode as the season went on. He’s an unusual athlete who can cover kicks and punts as a 6-4, 245-pound pass rusher.
The former UCLA Bruin was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. His rep is strong special teams with some pass-rush flair. He’s also completely draped in colorful tattoes, including one on his back depicting a polar bear in Indian head dress.
Even though the 25-year-old is light-skinned, his mother is Creole and his father has some Native American in him. Marsh also scripts crusafixs on his cheeks in eye-black before games.
As a Patriot, Marsh collected 16 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked kick in nine games. In his last game as a Pat against the Raiders in Mexico City, Marsh was in on just two defensive snaps, and on one, he reportedly lost containment, which allowed Marshawn Lynch to romp for 25 yards.
The 49ers now have a fully stocked roster, but will need to release a player when defensive end Tank Carradine jumps off injured reserve later this week. Carradine said he feels great after tearing two ligaments in his ankle in September.
The 49ers will need to cut somebody, and one candidate is pass rusher Aaron Lynch, who’s been slow to recover from a calf strain.