SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Frank Gore etched his name into the 49ers' record book Sunday as the franchise's all-time NFL rushing leader early in the second quarter Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Gore took over the 49ers' franchise record in rushing yards in NFL games on his seventh carry against the St. Louis Rams, pushing him over Joe "The Jet" Perry's mark of 7,344 yards. Gore entered the game in need of 22 yards to surpass Perry.
Perry, elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969, died April 25 at age 84. The 49ers this season are wearing helmet decals with Perry's retired No. 34 and No. 35, in memory of John Henry Johnson. Perry, Johnson, Hugh McElhenny and Y.A. Tittle comprised the 49ers' famed "Million Dollar Backfield."Perry's official total does not take into consideration his first two seasons with the 49ers when the club was a member of the All-American Football Conference.Perry rushed for 1,345 yards in those two seasons before the 49ers joined the NFL. Including those two seasons, Perry rushed for 8,689 yards in 14 seasons with the 49ers.Official 49ers all-time NFL rushing list
1. Frank Gore (2005-current) 7,345
2. Joe Perry (1950-60, '63) 7,344
3. Roger Craig (1983-90) 7,064
4. Ken Willard (1965-1973) 5,930
5. Garrison Hearst (1997-2003) 5,535
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.
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."