49ers release SS Parrish
A nine-year veteran, Parrish has split time with Mark Roman this season. He recorded 21 tackles in nine games.
San Francisco coach Mike Nolan said the move to release Parrish, 31, was necessary due to lack of depth at linebacker after Derek Smith suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 34-10 loss at New Orleans.
The 49ers also signed veteran Jay Foreman on Tuesday.
“Tony is a model professional, and he influenced a lot of younger players with his work ethic,” Nolan said. “This was a tough decision to make at this time, but with the injuries we had at linebacker, we needed to bring in a player at that position.
“To make room on the roster, we had to make this move since we do have depth at the safety position. I know Tony will work with the same passion and dedication in his next endeavor with the same resolve as he did with the 49ers.”
In 2003, Parrish tied for the league lead with nine interceptions. He spent his first four seasons with Chicago before signing with San Francisco in 2002.