49ers 2017 free-agent tracker

49ers 2017 free-agent tracker

During the NFL's open-negotiating period, the 49ers were active. The team reached agreements with six known free agents:

--Quarterback Brian Hoyer
--Fullback Kyle Juszczyk
--Wide receiver Pierre Garçon
--Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin
--Tight end Logan Paulsen (as reported by CSN Bay Area's Fallon Smith)
--Linebacker Malcolm Smith

The new league began at 1 p.m. on Thursday, at which point the signings could become official.

 Here is a minute-by-minute 49ers tracker of free-agent activity:

--Wide receiver Torrey Smith, whom the 49ers released on Monday, signed a reported three-year, $15 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith was scheduled to make $8 million with the 49ers this season.

--Safety Antoine Bethea also was not out of a job long. Two days after the 49ers released Bethea, he found a new home in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals. Bethea agreed to a three-year contract, the Cardinals announced.

--Kicker Phil Dawson will not be with the 49ers this season, sources told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers appear to be focusing on free-agent kickers Greg Zuerlein or Nick Folk.

1:13 p.m. -- The Arizona Cardinals are expected to sign Dawson, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

1:15 p.m. -- Free-agent linebacker Gerald Hodges has a visit scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs, reports Pro Football Talk. Hodges started 12 games for the 49ers last season. He was suspended for the Dec. 18 game at Atlanta for breaking team rules. The club is not expected to attempt to re-sign him.

--2:24 p.m. -- The Cleveland Browns claimed former 49ers center Marcus Martin off waivers. The 49ers waived Martin on Wednesday.

--3:50 p.m. -- The 49ers announced contract agreements with the following seven free agents:

K Robbie Gould
QB Brian Hoyer
FB Kyle Juszczyk
WR Pierre Garçon
WR Marquise Goodwin
TE Logan Paulsen
LB Malcolm Smith

Gould is the only player who had not been previously reported as agreeing to terms with the 49ers. Gould, 35, appeared in just 10 games for the New York Giants last season and made all 10 of his field-goal attempts but missed three of his 23 extra-point attempts. He ranks seventh all-time in field-goal accuracy at 85.886 percent.

--8:15 p.m. -- The 49ers have reached a two-year contract agreement with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, a league source confirmed. The NFL Network was first to report the agreement. Robinson previously played for Shanahan in Washington and Atlanta. 

--8:45 p.m. -- The 49ers reached a contract agreement with quarterback Matt Barkley, a league source confirmed. The NFL Network was first to report the agreement. Barkley, a three-year veteran, started six games for the Bears late in the season. His only victory came against the 49ers, 26-6, a game in which he completed 11 of 18 passes for 192 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

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49ERS UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS
Unrestricted

--QB Colin Kaepernick (opted out)
--QB Blaine Gabbert
--QB Christian Ponder
--QB Thad Lewis
--K Phil Dawson
--RB Shaun Draughn
--WR Quinton Patton
--WR Rod Streater
--TE Jim Dray
--G Andrew Tiller
--OL Andrew Gardner
--DT Glenn Dorsey
--DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
--DL Chris Jones
--LB Nick Bellore
--LB Michael Wilhoite
--LB Gerald Hodges
--RB DuJuan Harris (non-tendered RFA)
--DB Marcus Cromartie (non-tendered RFA)
--CB Chris Davis (non-tendered RFA)

Restricted
None

Exclusive rights
--DL Mike Purcell (tendered)
--LB Carl Bradford (tendered)

 

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, select QB C.J. Beathard in third round of 2017 NFL Draft

C.J. BEATHARD
Position: Quarterback
College: Iowa
Height: 6-2
Weight: 219
Selection: Third round, No. 104 overall

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers traded back into the end of the third round to select a quarterback to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the 49ers' roster.

General manager John Lynch's fourth trade of the draft netted the team the grandson of legendary NFL personnel man Bobby Beathard. His grandson, C.J., joins the 49ers after a four-year career at Iowa. Beathard completed 58.6 percent of his passes last season with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Beathard was not generally expected to be chosen within the first two days of the draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected, falling behind Mitch Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer and Davis Webb.

"They won't regret it," Beathard said on a conference call with the Bay Area media.

The 49ers traded up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings had the No. 104 pick, and called the 49ers to see if they were interested in a trade. After some consideration, the 49ers decided to move up from No. 109 while also giving the Vikings a seventh-round pick at No. 219.

"Might he have been there at 109? That’s what we had to weigh," 49ers John Lynch said. "But at the end of the day, we felt like it was worth it to be able to go to bed knowing that we had a player that we liked and want the opportunity develop at the quarterback position."

And that's what coach Kyle Shanahan plans on doing. He said Beathard is not coming to the team this season to compete with Hoyer for the starting job.

"We’re bringing him in here to develop him and give him a chance, but just like any other position, everyone competes," Shanahan said. "Brian is our starting quarterback and, right now, Matt Barkley is our second. And I look at him to come in and be our third with us only having three on the roster.

"By no means did we come into this draft thinking we’re going to get a guy to compete with Brian."

Shanahan said Beathard and Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman were the two quarterbacks in the draft who ran offenses in college most similar to the offense he will install with the 49ers.

"One thing that helps is being able to see guys play the way you’re going to ask them to play," Shanahan said. "It helps being at Iowa and watching the system he’s in. It’s easier to see to watch him over the years. He’s a three-year starter. He’s led his team to a bunch of wins, especially in 2015 when they had a better team and he played unbelievable."

As a junior at Iowa, Beathard completed 61.6 percent of his pass attempts for 2,809 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. 

"He’s a leader. He’s tough. He processes very well," Shanahan said. "He's extremely accurate and he lives and dies football."

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

AHKELLO WITHERSPOON
Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, a Sacramento native, in the third round of the NFL draft with the No. 66 overall pick.

“Being close to home is an incredible opportunity, as well as the type of defense they play -- press man, up in your face,” Witherspoon said. “When I came in for a visit, they were asking me if I’ve adopted that role and if I’d be willing to continue that. And I said, ‘Absolutely.’

“It’s an opportunity to play for such a great organization, close to home, with such a savvy defensive mentality. I think it’s going to be a great place for me.”

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the selection at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection (No. 229 overall) this year. The 49ers now have 10 picks in next year’s draft.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Witherspoon began his college career at Sacramento City. He played his final three college seasons at Colorado. He started 12 games last season and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Witherspoon led the nation with 22 pass breakups. He recorded one interception -- a game-saving pick in the end zone to preserve a 41-38 victory over Oregon. A pre-med student majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, he said he aspires to be a doctor after his football career.

But Witherspoon said he is committed to football and promised the 49ers during his visit to Santa Clara that he will make huge strides over the next few years as he continues to develop as a player.