It did not take long for wide receiver Torrey Smith to find a new home.
Smith, whom the 49ers released on Monday, agreed to terms on Thursday morning with the Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year, $15 million contract. ESPN and the NFL Network reported the agreement, citing an unnamed source. Agent Drew Rosenhaus represents Smith.
The 49ers released Smith this week to avoid paying his scheduled $8 million salary for the upcoming season. It is believed the 49ers attempted to trade him but could not find a team willing to pick up the final three years and $24 million of his contract.
Smith was released after two unproductive seasons with the 49ers. He caught just 53 passes for 940 yards and seven touchdowns in 28 games with the 49ers. He had the two lowest-output seasons of his career after four years with the Baltimore Ravens.
Smith posted career-highs with 65 receptions for 1,128 yards for Baltimore in 2013. The following season he caught a career-best 11 touchdowns before hitting the free-agent market and signing with the 49ers.
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."