49ers waive Bakhtiari to make room for Cundiff

49ers waive Bakhtiari to make room for Cundiff
January 1, 2013, 4:00 pm

Bakhtiari has been released 11 times by six NFL teams since coming to the NFL in 2008. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

The 49ers on Tuesday waived outside linebacker Eric Bakhtiari to make room on their 53-man roster for the previously reported signing of veteran kicker Billy Cundiff, the team announced.

Bakhtiari appeared in five games for the 49ers this season. The 49ers signed Bakhtiari in May, and he was released when the 49ers made their cut on Aug. 31 to a 53-man roster. Bakhtiari was re-signed on Sept. 19, when the 49ers had an open roster spot due to Clark Haggans' three-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse. Bakhtiar was waived on Oct. 9 when Haggans was reinstated.

Bakhtiari returned to the 49ers' 53-man roster after the club suspended running back Brandon Jacobs and placed defensive lineman/tight end Demarcus Dobbs on injured reserve. Bakhtiari was among the 49ers' seven inactive players for the team's regular-season finale Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Bakhtiari has been released 11 times by six NFL teams since coming to the NFL in 2008 after playing his college career at University of San Diego under coach Jim Harbaugh.

The 49ers decided to keep two kickers on their 53-man roster with the addition of Cundiff, who will compete with incumbent David Akers for the right to kick in the postseason. Rookie Cam Johnson and Haggans are the backup outside linebackers behind starters Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks.