Green Bay has been on 49ers' minds since mid-April

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Green Bay has been on 49ers' minds since mid-April

SANTA CLARA -- The Green Bay Packers have been the next game on the 49ers' schedule since mid-April, when the NFL released times and dates of all the regular-season games.A large portion of the preparation by the team's coaches took place almost immediately."We were chomping to find out who the first opponent was going to be," 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday.Nearly five months ago, it was all the talk within the 49ers' team offices. The 49ers knew their 16 opponents, they just didn't know when the games would occur.
"There were a bunch of people running around saying, 'Has the call come in yet?' I know it's universal," Roman said. "Thirty-two teams, and once they find out, 'Bam!' Then they start preparations for the next season and how it's going to unfold."The 49ers scoured the game film and began formulating their plans based on what they saw from the Packers during their 15-1 regular season and NFC divisional-round loss to the New York Giants.Roman and the 49ers have prepared for the large variety of blitzes Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers employs. Green Bay's defense, statistically, ranked worst in the NFL in yards allowed. But the Packers tied for the 49ers for best in the league by generating 38 takeaways.There was plenty for 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to consider, too.After all, Aaron Rodgers set the NFL record for passing efficiency with a rating of 122.5. He threw 45 touchdowns and just six interceptions while spreading the ball around to wideouts Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver and Randall Cobb, along with tight end Jermichael Finley."We got right into it," Fangio said. "We did a scouting report and by the middle of May had a full scouting report done."When the 49ers reported for training camp in late-July, the focus was on installing the entire defensive package. But late in the exhibition season, the 49ers spent more time zeroing in on the Packers."There are some people that believe you should work four weeks on an opening-day opponent," Fangio said. "If you need four weeks to work on an opening-day opponent, then you're in trouble for the next 15 weeks."So we spend most of our team in training camp preparing for the season. We're working on things we know we're going to see throughout the season, things we're going to need throughout the season. Then, we get a little extra work on Green Bay toward the end of training camp."

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."