Lynch promises 49ers will be aggressive in free agency: 'Stay awake'

Lynch promises 49ers will be aggressive in free agency: 'Stay awake'

INDIANAPOLIS – Before the start of the new league year next Thursday, the 49ers hope to make some deals with some of their own scheduled free agents.

The 49ers have 18 players scheduled for unrestricted free agency, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is expected to opt out of his contract. While the 49ers are expected to take things slow with Kaepernick, general manager John Lynch said there is some urgency to get other deals completed.

“Some of those are in the process of going on right now,” Lynch said. “Hopefully, we see some things in the next couple of days.”

Among the 49ers’ top scheduled free agents are kicker Phil Dawson, and wide receivers Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton.

The 49ers have already invested more in veteran free agents than a year ago. The 49ers last week signed defensive tackle Earl Mitchell to a four-year, $16 million contract. Mitchell became available when the Miami Dolphins recently released him.

The start of the free-agent signing period under former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke was usually a slow time for the franchise. Lynch promised a more-aggressive approach when nearly $90 million in cap room.

“Stay awake,” Lynch said.

The 49ers want to fill needs in free agency, so the organization can avoid the shackles of drafting for need.

“We need players and we’ve got to get ourselves in a situation with certain pieces that we made priorities and certain type of guys so we don’t go into this draft saying, ‘We have to have this,’” Lynch said.

“It’s the best way to go in and take the best player, but sometimes you can’t do that. You need certain positions and we don’t want to be in that position everywhere. So there are certain things we have high on our priority list and get accomplished. And we’re going to be aggressive in getting those done.”

49ERS FREE AGENTS
Unrestricted

--QB Colin Kaepernick*
--QB Blaine Gabbert
--QB Christian Ponder
--QB Thad Lewis
--RB Shaun Draughn
--RB DuJuan Harris
--WR Jeremy Kerley
--WR Quinton Patton
--WR Rod Streater
--TE Jim Dray
--OL Andrew Gardner
--K Phil Dawson
--DT Glenn Dorsey
--DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
--DL Chris Jones
--LB Nick Bellore
--LB Gerald Hodges
--LB Michael Wilhoite

Restricted
--OL Andrew Tiller
--DB Marcus Cromartie
--CB Chris Davis

Exclusive rights
--DL Mike Purcell (tendered)
--LB Carl Bradford (tendered)

*-Expected to opt out of contract.

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."