Michael Wilhoite started 16 games for an injury-wracked San Francisco 49ers linebacker corps last season, contributing 87 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble playing inside the Niners’ 3-4 defense.
But with All-Pros Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman expected to make full recoveries from their toe and knee injuries, and Chris Borland also returning from an ankle injury, Wilhoite is also now deemed expendable.
Wilhoite is on the trading block, according to the Sacramento Bee, and the Niners are looking for a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick for him.
Undrafted out of Division II Washburn, where he played safety, he began his professional football career with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks. He was signed to the Niners’ practice squad in December of 2011. He made his NFL debut by playing in five games in 2012 and appeared in all 16 games in 2013.
Last season, with Bowman still recuperating from his knee injury suffered in the previous January’s NFC title game loss at the Seattle Seahawks, Wilhoite stepped in as the starter at “jack” linebacker.