The San Francisco 49ers informed guard Mike Person on March 19 that the team would be releasing him. That move became official on Wednesday — 13 days later.

"Over the last two years, Mike proved to be a selfless player whose passion for the game was respected by everyone in our organization," general manager John Lynch said via a statement issued by the team. "His character and professionalism was a great influence in our locker room, while his fire and grit on the field added to the physical nature of our team. We thank Mike and wish him, his wife, Kelly, and their children nothing but the best in the future."

Just minutes after Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported the release of the offensive lineman, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reported that the 49ers were signing former New York Jets offensive lineman Tom Compton to a one-year deal.

Person, 31, is a nine-year veteran and has spent the past two seasons with the 49ers, which was his second stint with the team. San Francisco made him a seventh-round selection out of Montana State in 2011.

Person becomes the second 49ers starter on offense from this past season who will not return to the team in 2020. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders departed via free agency, signing a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

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