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Loville, Dodge, Carter waived by 49ers

February 4, 1997

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ The San Francisco 49ers have waived kick returner Dexter Carter, running back Derek Loville and defensive back Dedrick Dodge, cutting $1.43 million from the team’s payroll.

Loville and Carter both were former starters at halfback for the 49ers, while Dodge was the team’s nickel back and reserve safety. Carter was San Francisco’s top draft pick in 1990.

Director of football operations Dwight Clark said Monday that even with the cuts, the team is still some $5 million over next season’s anticipated salary cap.

The league is expected to finalize the 1997 cap figure in a week or so, with the amount expected to be around $41.5 million, up from last season’s cap figure of $40.7 million.

``Every team has to be under the cap by Feb. 14. We anticipate some more moves, hopefully through restructured contracts, over the next 10 days,″ Clark said. ``With these moves, it was a cut-and-dry deal, so we just went ahead and got this done to give these guys plenty of time to get ready for the (free-agent) market.″

Meanwhile, the 49ers called a news conference for today to announce the remainder of Steve Mariucci’s coaching staff. Current linebackers coach John Marshall is expected to be promoted to defensive coordinator, replacing Pete Carroll, who on Monday was named head coach of the New England Patriots.

Loville started at halfback in 1995, but lost his job to Terry Kirby midway through last season. He remained a solid backup and special teamer, but the 49ers, seeking to reduce their cap liability, decided to let him go.

``With our current cap situation, a $600,000 backup was more of a luxury than we could afford,″ Clark said.

Carter was San Francisco’s starting halfback in 1991. Though he eventually lost that job to Ricky Watters, he developed a niche as the team’s return specialist.

He joined the New York Jets as a free agent in 1995, and after being released midway through that season, was reclaimed by the 49ers.

He was used almost exclusively as a kick and punt returner, but was benched after fumbling five times and muffing a kick in a six-game stretch last season. He was inactive for the 49ers’ final game, a loss to Green Bay in a divisional playoff.

Dodge, who spent three seasons in San Francisco, appeared in all 16 regular-season games and had three interceptions and 29 tackles.

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