SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The San Francisco 49ers waived linebacker Winfred Tubbs Thursday in another cost-cutting measure to fit under the salary cap.

The 49ers, who let go of veteran linebacker Ken Norton, Jr., on Wednesday, needed to trim their payroll to $67.4 million for the 2001 season.

Tubbs, 30, signed a five-year, $14.25 million contract in 1997 and was set to earn $2.65 million this season. His release will save the 49ers a reported $750,000 under the salary cap.

Tubbs, who has surgery on both knees in the past month, started in 14 games last season, with 82 tackles, two sacks and an interception.