Kirk Cousins may not suit up for the 49ers in 2017, but he reportedly will end up playing for the Red and Gold.
The quarterback told somebody close to him, "I'm going to be a 49er" in 2017 or 2018, according to Sporting News' Eric Galko.
Cousins signed his exclusive franchise tag with Washington on Friday morning, his agent announced on Twitter.
The 28-year old will earn around $24 million next season, and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
"I think what the 49ers will do is they'll slow play this," CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco said on Thursday evening. "Kyle Shanahan is on a six-year contract, John Lynch is on a six-year contract. They don't have to make bold moves right away if it's the wrong move.
"And I think the wrong move for the 49ers would be to overpay for a quarterback -- not just the contract -- but the draft picks that it would take to get him from Washington.
"Save those draft picks, use them, build out the roster, have Brian Hoyer as your starting quarterback in 2017. And then in 2018 -- when conceivably Kirk Cousins becomes an unrestricted free agent -- sign him then."
The 49ers officially signed Hoyer on Thursday afternoon, and agreed to terms with Matt Barkley on Thursday night.
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."