49ers Release Veteran S Antoine Bethea

The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that they have released veteran S Antoine Bethea.

“Antoine is a true professional in every sense and I have a great deal of respect for the way he has gone about his business throughout his career,” said General Manager John Lynch. “We would like to thank him for the positive impact he has had on this team both as a player and as a leader, on and off the field. We wish Antoine, and his family, great success in the future.

Bethea, 32, is a former sixth-round pick of the Colts back in 2006. He spent eight years in Indianapolis before signing a four-year, $21 million contract with the 49ers back in 2014.

Bethea was set to make a base salary of $5.25 million for the 2017 season.

In 2016, Bethea appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers and recorded 110 tackles, one interception, a forced fumble, a recovery and four pass defenses.

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