It appears they’ve now settled on WR Dwayne Jarrett as the third wideout, for what that’s worth. D.J. Hackett’s again inactive, the sixth time this year (and the third when he’s healthy).
This ought to mean that Hackett’s time here is nearly up. He was signed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract, with a $750,000 signing bonus. That means he’d cost them a palatable $375,000 in dead money under next year’s cap if they cut him.
The other shift today is also interesting. They made CB C.J. Wilson active, giving them five corners up. To make room for him, they deactivated DT Darwin Walker, giving them just six defensive linemen.
Keeping Wilson up gives them cover against Denver’s multiple-receiver sets, so they don’t have to play special teamer Dante Wesley on defense.
In addition to Hackett and Walker, also inactive are WR Kenny Moore, OLs Frank Omiyale and Mackenzy Bernardeau, DE Hilee Taylor, LB Adam Seward and third QB Matt Moore.
Of course, the decision on which third receiver to activate is largely overblown, since neither has done much. Since the end of Steve Smith’s two-game suspension, Jarrett and Hackett have combined for just 12 catches for 138 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games, when one or the other has been active.