Tom Savage waived by 49ers to make room for safety Tyvis Powell

Hi, Tom Savage. Bye, Tom Savage.

The 49ers let go of their newest quarterback almost as quickly as they signed him.

Savage, who was coming off a 2017 stint in Houston, joined the San Francisco team just a few days ago but has been waived in favor of beefing up the team’s defensive unit. 

A fourth-round pick by the Texans in 2014, Savage started nine games in three seasons in Houston, passing for 2,000 yards with a 57.5 percent completion rate. He had five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Savage joined the Saints as a free agent in March but didn’t make the 53-man roster.

Savage, 28, was supposed to make up for a lack of depth under center after starter Jimmy Garoppolo was sidelined with a season-ending injury. But, looking ahead to the 49ers next matchup — the undefeated Rams — they decided to use the space on defense. The newest roster spot went to safety Tyvis Powell.

Powell spent time in Seattle, Cleveland, Indianapolis and again in the Pacific Northwest before settling down in San Francisco in 2017. He was signed to the practice squad and promoted to the active roster in December. He rejoins the squad after a number of transitions inside the 49ers organization this year.