49ers sign QB Matt Barkley to two-year deal

49ers sign QB Matt Barkley to two-year deal

Update (March 10, 4:52 p.m.): Matt Barkley has officially signed a two-year deal with the 49ers. 


The 49ers reached a two-year contract agreement with quarterback Matt Barkley on Thursday night, a league source confirmed. 

Barkley becomes the second quarterback the 49ers added on the first day of free agency. Earlier on Thursday, the 49ers agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Brian Hoyer. Barkley and Hoyer were teammates last season with the Chicago Bears.

The NFL Network was first to report the 49ers' agreement with Barkley.

Barkley, a three-year veteran, started six games for the Bears late in the season after season-ending injuries to Jay Cutler and Hoyer. His only victory came against the 49ers, 26-6, on an inclement day at Soldier Field. Barkley completed 11 of 18 passes for 192 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Last season, Barkley completed 129 of 216 pass attempts (59.7 percent) for 1,611 yards with eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His passer rating was 68.3.

Barkley entered the NFL in 2013 as a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles under Chip Kelly. He appeared in just four games with the Eagles, completing 30 of 50 pass attempts for 300 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.

The 49ers entered free agency with no quarterbacks under contract after Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract. There has been no reported interest in Kaepernick, who is an unrestricted free agent.

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."