The San Francisco 49ers released former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Malcolm Smith, the team announced Tuesday.
In a corresponding move, the 49ers signed Nick Williams to a one-year deal with the team dealing with injuries to fellow wide receivers Jalen Hurd (back), Dante Pettis (groin) and Trent Taylor (foot).
Smith, a linebacker who was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII, appeared in just 12 games during two injury-plagued seasons with the 49ers since signing a five-year, $26.5 million contract in March 2017.
The 30-year-old Smith sustained a torn pectoral in his first training camp with the team that cost him the entire 2017 season before finishing with 35 tackles in 12 games in 2018.
Williams, 28, has recorded 30 receptions for 280 yards and two touchdowns in 26 games with the Washington Redskins (2013), Atlanta Falcons (2015-17), Tennessee Titans (2018) and Los Angeles Rams (2018).