49ers look to free agency to replace Phil Dawson

49ers look to free agency to replace Phil Dawson

The 49ers will be in the market for a new kicker with all indications their union with Phil Dawson has come to an end.

The most likely candidates to replace Dawson are veteran free-agents Nick Folk and Greg Zuerlein.

The Arizona Cardinals are negotiating a free-agent contract with Dawson, the Arizona Republic reported.

Dawson, 42, has spent the past four seasons with the 49ers after kicking for the Cleveland Browns for the first 14 seasons of his career. While with the 49ers, Dawson made 99 of 115 field-goal attempts (86.1 percent).

Dawson ranks 10th all time with 404 made field goals. His 84.5 career accuracy percentage is 11th in league history.

Dawson is looking to play for a team located closer to his home in Texas, according to a source close to Dawson. Dawson's family has remained in Texas during the four seasons Dawson has been with the 49ers.

The New York Jets released Folk, a 10-year veteran, who connected on 27 of 31 field-goal attempts last season. He has made 81.3 percent of his career field-goal attempts.

Zuerlein, 29, made 19 of 22 (86.4 percent) field goals for the Los Angeles Rams last season. Zuerlein has a 79.2 accuracy rate in his five-year career, all of which has been with the Rams.

Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com was the first to report Dawson's likely departure from the 49ers.

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."