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Minor NFL Transactions: 5/9/19

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Cowboys Place OL Marcus Martin On IR

Marcus Martin has landed on the injured reserve. After injuring his toe during the Cowboys preseason opener, the team placed the offensive lineman on the IR today, reports ESPN’s Todd Archer. The Cowboys have also waived/injured wideout Marchie Murdock, and they’ve signed lineman Jacob Alsadek and receiver Darren Carrington to fill the open roster spots.

The former 49ers starter was planning on returning to football for the first time since 2016, and the Cowboys were hoping they’d have a reliable backup guard and center. Unfortunately, Martin injured his toe on Thursday night, and the injury will require surgery. The lineman was ultimately diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right big toe.

With Martin out of the lineup, key reserve Joe Looney will now be tasked with a larger role behind projected starters Zack MartinTravis Frederick and Connor Williams. The team will also be giving a look at Alsadek, who went undrafted out of Arizona in this year’s draft.

Murdock, a former standout at Iowa State, joined the Cowboys shortly after going undrafted. The team will be replacing him with the six-foot-two, 199-pound Carrington, who split his collegiate career between Oregon and Utah.

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Cowboys’ Marcus Martin Tears Toe Ligament

A former multiyear 49ers starter, Marcus Martin hasn’t played since the 2016 season. But the Cowboys signed the offensive lineman in hopes he could commandeer one of their backup jobs.

Those plans may not come to fruition. The veteran interior lineman suffered a toe injury during Dallas’ preseason opener Thursday night, and ESPN.com’s Todd Archer reports Martin will require surgery. And it could sideline him for a while.

Martin did not suffer a toe fracture, per Calvin Watkins of The Athletic (on Twitter), but instead tore a ligament in his right big toe, per Archer. La’el Collins suffered a similar injury in 2016 and spent the final three months of the season on IR.

The Cowboys believed Martin could serve as a backup interior lineman behind Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Connor Williams, per Archer, but this certainly alters those plans. Joe Looney still resides as a key Cowboys backup, and his role now becomes more important after this setback. Martin, 24, was no lock to make the team, but this affects Dallas’ depth.

The former 2014 third-round pick finished the 2016 season on the 49ers’ IR before being waived a few months later. Marcus Martin signed with the Cowboys in March.

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Cowboys Expected To Sign Marcus Martin

It looks as though the Cowboys will be further reinforcing their offensive line, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that the club is expected to sign free agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin. It was reported earlier this month that Martin would be visiting the Lions and Cowboys, and he ultimately chose Dallas.

The 49ers selected Martin, a USC product, in the third round of the 2014 draft, and he spent the first three seasons of his career with San Francisco. He started 14 games in 2015, but he managed only four appearances (two starts) in 2016 before landing on injured reserve. The 49ers placed him on waivers last offseason, and although he was claimed by the Browns, he never suited up for Cleveland.

Still, he is just 24 years old and is capable of playing both guard and center. He will work as a quality reserve for a Cowboys line that just got even stronger yesterday with the addition of offensive tackle Cameron Fleming.

Marcus Martin To Visit Lions, Cowboys

Versatile offensive lineman Marcus Martin has a pair of meetings coming up. Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports (via Twitter) that Martin will visit the Lions and Cowboys.

The 2014 third-round pick out of USC spent the first three-seasons of his career with the 49ers, including a 2015 campaign where he started 14 games. However, the lineman only played in four games (two starts) in 2016 before landing on the injured reserve. After being waived by San Francisco last offseason, he was claimed by the Browns. He ultimately didn’t take the field for a single game for Cleveland.

Considering Martin’s ability to play both offensive guard and center, he’d be an easy fit as a reserve for any team.

Browns Claim C Marcus Martin Off Waivers

The Browns claimed center Marcus Martin off waivers, according to longtime NFL reporter Howard Balzer (on Twitter). Martin was waived by the 49ers on Wednesday.

The former third-round pick started 24 of his 26 games over three seasons with the Niners. Martin only played in five games last season before being placed on the injured reserve. In college, the lineman started 33 starts over three seasons with USC.

Martin will now serve as a backup for center J.C. Tretter. Tretter signed with Cleveland today on a lucrative three-year deal. After missing more than half of the 2016 season, Tretter will need a quality understudy. The Browns may feel they have that with Martin.

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49ers Waive C Marcus Martin

The 49ers have been busy adding players today, and now they’ve subtracted one from their roster. The team announced that they have waived center Marcus Martin.

The former third-round pick started 24 of his 26 games over three seasons with the team. Martin only played in five games last season before being placed on the injured reserve. In college, the lineman started 33 starts over three seasons with USC.

Zane Beadles is the lone center remaining on the 49ers roster. Veteran Daniel Kilgore filled in at the position for much of last season. The team could also presumably look for more versatility from backups Andrew Tiller, John Theus, and Alex Balducci.

2017 Proven Performance Escalators

According to the NFL’s contractual bargaining agreement, players drafted in rounds three though seven are entitled to raises during the fourth year of their respective rookie contracts. The pay bumps are tied to playing time — a player must have played in 35% of his team’s offensive or defensive snaps in two of his first three seasons, or averaged 35% playing time cumulatively during that period.Donte Moncrief (Vertical)

If one of these thresholds is met, the player’s salary is elevated to the level of that year’s lowest restricted free agent tender — that figure should be around $1.8MM in 2017. Players selected in the first or second round, undrafted free agents, and kickers/punters are ineligible for the proven performance escalator.

Here are the players who will see their salary rise in 2017 courtesy of the proven performance escalator:

49ers: Aaron Lynch, LB; Marcus Martin, OL

Bears: Charles Leno, T; Will Sutton, DT

Bengals: Russell Bodine, C

Bills: Preston Brown, LB; Seantrel Henderson, T

Broncos: Michael Schofield, OL

Browns: Christian Kirksey, LB

Buccaneers: Kevin Pamphile, G

Cardinals: John Brown, WR

Chiefs: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, G; Zach Fulton, G; Phillip Gaines, CB

Colts: Donte Moncrief, WR

Cowboys: Anthony Hitchens, LB

Falcons: Devonta Freeman, RB

Giants: Devon Kennard, LB

Jaguars: Aaron Colvin, CB; Brandon Linder, G; Telvin Smith, LB

Lions: Nevin Lawson, CB; Travis Swanson, C

Packers: Corey Linsley, C; Richard Rodgers, TE

Panthers: Tre Boston, S; Trai Turner, G

Raiders: T.J. Carrie, CB; Justin Ellis, DT; Gabe Jackson, G

Rams: Maurice Alexander, S; E.J. Gaines, CB

Redskins: Bashaud Breeland, CB; Spencer Long, G; Morgan Moses, T

Texans: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE; Andre Hal, S

Titans: DaQuan Jones, DL; Avery Williamson, LB

Vikings: Shamar Stephen, DT

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49ers Move Marcus Martin To IR

The 49ers have now placed two centers on IR this season after moving Marcus Martin to the season-ending injured list. He joins Daniel Kilgore and several other San Francisco starters there.

San Francisco filled Martin’s roster spot by promoting running back Raheem Mostert from its practice squad.

Martin became a key member of the 49ers’ front in both the 2014 and ’15 seasons after subbing in for Kilgore following the starter’s severe leg injury. The former third-round draft choice received more than a season’s worth of starts during Kilgore’s recovery, but after the first-stringer returned last December, Martin hasn’t factored in as much this season. However, Kilgore’s return trip to IR earlier this month opened the door for two more Martin starts.

The 49ers previously ruled out Martin for their Week 17 game against the Seahawks with an ankle injury. The 2-13 team now has 19 players on its IR list, including Carlos Hyde, whose MCL injury forced the team to reshuffle its backfield. Mostert caught on with the 49ers’ practice squad in late November; the second-year UDFA played in two games earlier this season for the Bears.

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49ers Place Three Players On IR

As the 49ers seek their second win of the year, they’ll have to do it without the services of three of their players. Wide receiver Quinton Patton, linebacker Nick Bellore, and tight end Blake Bell will all be shut down for the year, as Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes. Quinton Patton (vertical)

Patton (foot) and Bellore (elbow) both went down early on in Sunday’s embarrassing 41-13 loss to the Falcons. Bell, meanwhile, suffered a shoulder injury after being tackled on a 45-yard pass play in the second quarter. In addition to those three, Maiocco notes that cornerback Jimmie Ward (shoulder), center Marcus Martin (ankle), and nose tackle Glenn Dorsey (undisclosed) also sustained injuries yesterday and their status for Weeks 16 and 17 are not yet known.

The 49ers could fill some of these roster spots from within, if they choose. Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter and linebacker Wynton McManis could be candidates for promotion from the practice squad, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee tweets.

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