49ers release Josh Johnson, Tolzien wins No. 3 QB job


49ers release Josh Johnson, Tolzien wins No. 3 QB job

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers trimmed their roster to the 53-player limit by maintaining the same quarterback depth chart as a year ago.Quarterback Josh Johnson, who closed the exhibition season Thursday with a strong showing against the San Diego Chargers, was among the 21 players the 49ers cut on Friday.The 49ers also announced a trade that sent special-teams ace Colin Jones, a sixth-round pick last year, to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick.The 49ers plan to open the regular season with the same depth chart at quarterback as a year ago: Starter Alex Smith, backup Colin Kaepernick and No. 3 quarterback Scott Tolzien.MAIOCCO: 49ers transaction recap
The 49ers signed Josh Johnson to a two-year, 2.115 million contract in the offseason. He will receive the 350,000 signing bonus but not the remainder of his scheduled pay. Tolzien is scheduled to make 465,000 as a second-year player.Undrafted-rookie tight end Garrett Celek was a bit of a surprise, as he wins an initial roster spot over Konrad Reuland.The 49ers have three outside linebackers on the roster, as the club waived seventh-round draft pick Cam Johnson and journeyman Eric Bakhtiari.The 49ers can establish an eight-player practice squad on Saturday. Offensive lineman Mike Person, receivers Nathan Palmer and Chris Owusu, inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite and safety Michael Thomas are among the candidates.

Here are the moves the 49ers made to get from 75 players to the 53-player limit:
S Colin Jones to Carolina Panthers for seventh-round draft pickCuts
OLB Ikaika Alama-Francis
OLB Eric Bakhtiari
RB Rock Cartwright
GT Derek Hall
ILB Joe Holland
DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
OLB Cam Johnson
QB Josh Johnson
DT Matthew Masifilo
CB Anthony Mosley
TE Kyle Nelson
GT Al Netter
WR Chris Owusu
WR Nathan Palmer
T Mike Person
TE Konrad Reuland
LB Kenny Rowe
WR Brett Swain
S Michael Thomas
T Kenny Wiggins
LB Michael Wilhoite. 49ers 53-man roster
Quarterbacks (3)
11-Alex Smith
7-Colin Kaepernick
3-Scott TolzienRunning backs (7)
21-Frank Gore
32-Kendall Hunter
45-Brandon Jacobs
23-LaMichael James
49-Bruce Miller
24-Anthony DixonWide receivers (6)
15-Michael Crabtree
84-Randy Moss
82-Mario Manningham
19-Ted Ginn
10-Kyle Williams
17-A.J. JenkinsTight ends (4)
85-Vernon Davis
46-Delanie Walker
83-Demarcus Dobbs
48-Garrett CelekOffensive line (8)
74-Joe Staley
77-Mike Iupati
59-Jonathan Goodwin
75-Alex Boone
76-Anthony Davis
68-Leonard Davis
67-Daniel Kilgore
66-Joe LooneyDefensive line (6)
91-Ray McDonald
90-Isaac Sopoaga
94-Justin Smith
95-Ricky Jean Francois
92-Will Tukuafu
93-Ian WilliamsOutside linebackers (3)
99-Aldon Smith
55-Ahmad Brooks
98-Parys HaralsonInside linebackers (4)
52-Patrick Willis
53-NaVorro Bowman
54-Larry Grant
56-Tavares GoodenCornerbacks (5)
22-Carlos Rogers
25-Tarell Brown
29-Chris Culliver
20-Perrish Cox
26-Tramaine BrockSafeties (5)
38-Dashon Goldson
31-Donte Whitner
27-C.J. Spillman
30-Trenton Robinson
32-Darcel McBathSpecialists (3)
2-David Akers
4-Andy Lee
86-Brian Jennings

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.