The San Francisco 49ers announced their preseason schedule, which includes games against the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers.The NFC West champion 49ers open at home against the Vikings, then travel to Houston to take on the Texans in Week 2. Dates and times for the first two games have yet to be determined.The highlight of the schedule comes on Aug. 26, when the 49ers hit the road to take on the Denver Broncos, led by new quarterback Peyton Manning in a nationally televised game. The Broncos hold a 18-15 advantage in 33 prior preseason contests against the 49ers.The Chargers come to Candlestick Point in Week 4 to wrap up the preseason schedule on Aug. 30. The Chargers and 49ers have met in the preseason for 26 consecutive years and the all-time series is tied with each team winning 20 games. However, the 49ers are 13-4 in preseason games against the Chargers at home.There is one notable absence from the 49ers' preseason schedule: a game against the Oakland Raiders. In last year's contest at Candlestick Park, two men were shot in separate incidents in the parking lot.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.
On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.
Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.
Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”
Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.
Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.
Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.
Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.
If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.
Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.
Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.
If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.
Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.