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C.J. Spillman Signs with Cowboys, Faces 49ers on Sunday

Posted Sep 2, 2014

The former San Francisco 49ers safety faces his former team on Sunday, now as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

It's crazy how the NFL works. One minute your finishing up preseason play in a red uniform, the next minute you're preparing to play your former teammates in those red uniforms.

That's what former San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman will experience this Sunday.

Spillman signed with the Dallas Cowboys over the weekend and will start his 2014 season as an opponent of the 49ers. Spillman was one of three San Francisco roster cuts to make it onto other 53-man rosters. Besides Spillman, offensive lineman Ryan Seymour and running back Glenn Winston were claimed by the Cleveland Browns.

Spillman joined the 49ers in 2010 and was a special teams mainstay during his tenure with the club. Spillman is now with his third NFL team, after leading San Francisco with 19 special teams tackles last season.

Despite being released, Spillman thanked the 49ers on Saturday following the team's cut-day announcement.

"Wanna thank everyone from the 49ers organization from the top down," Spillman posted on Instagram. "One place who does things first class. Also wanna thank the 49ers fans and the Bay Area for their support thru (sic) the years! Just another stop in the road on life's long journey!"

On Monday, Spillman shared more thoughts with the Dallas media.

“It’s a business,” Spillman told ESPN.com Dallas' Todd Archer, “so treat it as nothing other than that.”

Spillman begins his Cowboys career with a good understanding of San Francisco's defensive and special teams schemes.

Spillman knows the 49ers personnel quite well, too.

“Even though I might not schematically know what’s going on in-depth right now," Spillman said, "I know the personnel and the guys and what they’re capable of doing.

"That will help me in the learning process.” 

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Spillman's signing was purely coincidence and had nothing to do with the Week 1 opponent.

“I think we’ve all been in those situations where we’ve had a coach or a player from another team and you have conversations with those guys about different things,” Garrett told reporters, “but for the most part, I think most teams do best when they trust their preparation that they would do off of film and base a lot of what they’re going to do from a game plan standpoint on the film in the traditional way to evaluate.

"Sometimes, those things can be helpful to you. Sometimes, they can kind of confuse the issue. We brought him in here because we thought he was a good football player who could help our football team.”

Spillman is figured to be replaced by undrafted rookie L.J. McCray. Jim Harbaugh also said on his Tuesday KNBR appearance that the team would bring back veteran receiver Kassim Osgood and place nose tackle Glenn Dorsey on Injured Reserve with a designation to return later in the season.

McCray and Osgood could very well be San Francisco's special team gunners against Spillman and the Cowboys.

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