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49ers release Shawntae Spencer

Updated: March 15, 2012, 9:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Shawntae Spencer became the odd man out in San Francisco's secondary.

The 49ers released the cornerback Thursday after eight seasons with the team. Later in the day, the 49ers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent special teams standout and backup running back Rock Cartwright, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make a formal announcement of his signing. ...

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