49ers add another day of red-zone practice

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49ers add another day of red-zone practice

SANTA CLARA -- There are two teams in the league that can benefit above all the others with a Pittsburgh Steelers loss on Monday night.Obviously, the 49ers are playing the Steelers. The 49ers have the same record as the New Orleans Saints for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs and hold the tie-breaker edge.The other team that dearly wants to see a Steelers loss is the Baltimore Ravens, who are tied with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North standings.Jim Harbuagh said he talks to Ravens coach, brother John, weekly. And this week is no different. The Ravens have already swept the season series against the Steelers this season. So did the Harbaughs talk about how to best prepare for the Steelers?
"We talked about it," Jim Harbaugh said. "We talked about last week's game, we talked about this week's game, as we often do."Possibly, John Harbaugh can supply his brother with some useful information. And the 49ers have the luxury of having just played a Steelers-like defensive scheme."As you know, Ray Horton, defensive coordinator at Arizona, was at Pittsburgh," Harbaugh said. "There's definitely a similar style."The 49ers did not use the extra day that comes along with a Monday night game to hold another day of practice, Harbaugh said. But the 49ers will devote one more day to their red-zone offense.The 49ers are the worst team in the NFL when it comes to scoring touchdowns from inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The 49ers have gotten into the red zone 45 times. They've scored just 16 touchdowns -- for a lowly 35.6 percentage. The league average is 52 percent."We're going to work on it more," Harbaugh said. "There are going to be more than one (day of work). We'll go from two to three."

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."