Jim Harbaugh was a finalist for the 1986 Heisman Trophy. And when Vinny Testaverde was announced as the winner, Harbaugh was nearly 6,000 miles away.Harbaugh did not attend the ceremony at New York City's Downtown Athletic Club because Michigan had a game at Hawaii. Harbaugh finished third in the balloting behind Testaverde, the Miami quarterback, and Temple running back Paul Palmer.Harbaugh said on Friday that the experience did not shatter him. He moved on quickly. And he expects Andrew Luck won't spend any time dwelling on it, either.
Luck, the Stanford quarterback and Harbaugh's protege, was announced Saturday as the runner-up -- again. Last year, Cam Newton won the award as college football's outstanding player. This time, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was selected.Prior to the announcement, Harbaugh said he would not be disappointed if Luck did not win the Heisman because Luck has a chance to accomplish greater things with another BCS bowl victory and for many years to come in his NFL career.
"It's an individual award in a team sport that I don't think is going to change Andrew's life one way or the other," Harbaugh said. "He's certainly had a tremendous career and certainly is worthy of winning individual awards and the Heisman Trophy is one of them."I know that he wouldn't be that disappointed. He understands it's a team game. Individual awards, the spotlight isn't something that is all-encompassing or even very important to Andrew Luck."
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."