Report: 49ers set sights on free-agent WR Garçon

Report: 49ers set sights on free-agent WR Garçon

Wide receiver Pierre Garçon figured to be a top free-agent target for 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

And that is reportedly happening, as the NFL’s open-negotiating period with free agents enters its second day. The 49ers are “setting their sights” on Garçon, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The official free-agent signing period opens Thursday at 1 p.m., but teams are allowed to negotiate with agents representing players up to that point.

When Garçon finalizes his deal with the 49ers, he is expected to net $16 million in the first year, reports Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Garçon, who turns 31 in August, is coming off a 79-catch, 1,041-yard season with Washington. He produced his best season while in Washington working with Shanahan as the offensive coordinator.

In their third of three seasons together, Garçon caught 113 passes for 1,346 yards in Shanahan’s offense in 2013.

The 49ers released veteran receiver Torrey Smith this week. Garçon, a nine-year veteran, is considered a more versatile receiver with the ability to run all the routes in Shanahan’s offense.

The Los Angeles Rams could also be interested in Garçon. New Rams coach Sean McVay was with Washington for all of Garçon’s five seasons. McVay was Washington’s offensive coordinator the past three seasons.

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."