The 49ers are in talks with rookie wide receiver Chris Harper about luring him off the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Monday morning.
The Seahawks are trying to hold onto Harper, who was among the Seahawks' final cuts on Saturday, the source said.
If the 49ers had claimed Harper off waivers after he was released, there would be no negotiations involved, and he would've been placed on the 49ers' 53-man roster. Harper cleared waivers and was heading to the Seahawks practice squad. Practice squad players can sign with any team's 53-man roster at any time. He has not yet made a decision for which team to play, the source said. ESPN reported Harper already signed with the 49ers.
Harper (6 foot 1, 234 pounds) was a fourth-round draft pick of the Seahawks from Kansas State. Harper was chosen five spots ahead of 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton.
He caught four passes for 39 yards in the exhibition season. The Seahawks kept five receivers on their initial 53-man roster: Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, Stephen Williams.
The 49ers currently have five receivers on their roster, too: Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin. The team expects Mario Manningham (knee) back in action shortly after Week 6. Michael Crabtree (Achilles) has a chance to return later in the season. Manningham and Crabtree are on reserve/physically unable to perform, making them ineligible to practice or play for the first six weeks of the regular season.