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Raiders Cut / 49ers Add Darnell Bing
Bing is back wearing cardinal and gold. It didn’t take him any time at all. Not a week after being cut from the Oakland Raiders, Bing packed his bags and moved across town. He’s been added to the San Francisco 49ers’ roster.
A fourth round pick in 2006, Bing was heavily recruited by San Francisco. But as the story goes, he was passed over for a Penn State’s Michael Robinson. He ended up going the very next pick, #101, finally landing in Raider country. Bing wanted to play safety, the position that brought him to prominence at USC. The Raider higher-ups had a different plan, testing him in exhibition games as an outside linebacker, before he suffered a season ending neck injury. With an influx of free agent safeties showing up on the Oakland’s 2007 roster, it looked like Bing was getting pushed further and further back on the burner.
Raiders Cut / 49ers Sign Darnell Bing
As reported on Inside Bay Area, Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin (who worked with Bing back at USC) stated that the move to cut (or keep) Bing was not personal, but was made out of the best intentions for the franchise.
“All our moves were are made for the best interest of our team at this time. We felt with the signing of Donovin Darius there would be limited reps for Darnell so we made the move at this time.”
It ends up this just might have the best situation for Bing. Now he’s with a team that actually wants him. Back in the position that made him great. He’ll be competing for the 49ers fourth safety spot. With any luck the Trojan faithful will be watching Darnell Bing be the type of safety we all know he can be, this upcoming fall.