Top return man Allen Rossum was released by the 49ers on Monday, creating roster room for newly signed rookie receiver Michael Crabtree.
Rossum was surprised by the move when summoned to a meeting with coach Mike Singletary. He also spoke with general manager Scot McCloughan.
The 33-year-old player ranks second in league history with 14,987 return yards. He hadn’t been active the past two games after playing in the first three to start his second season with the 49ers.
“Unfortunately, as this business goes, sometimes decisions are made that you don’t understand, but you have to live with it and they have to live with it as well,” Rossum said in the parking lot before leaving. “I don’t think I’ve disappointed anybody when I’ve stepped on the field.”