INDIANAPOLIS – New coach Kyle Shanahan appears to be appropriately underwhelmed with the pieces he inherits from the 49ers’ last-ranked passing offense.
No team in the NFL threw for fewer yards than the 49ers’ average of a meager 181.9 yards per game last season.
Among the 49ers’ obvious offseason priorities are quarterback and wide receiver. The 49ers have no quarterbacks under contract for the upcoming season. And the receiving corps needs a lot of help, too.
The team’s top two receivers from last year – Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton – are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents. Kerley led the 49ers with 64 receptions for 667 yards, while Patton caught a career-high 37 passes for 408 yards.
When asked at the NFL Scouting Combine if any of the 49ers’ group of wide receivers and tight ends stand out from his film evaluation, Shanahan was short on praise of the position groups.
“No one in particular,” Shanahan said. “I feel we’ve got a bunch of good players we feel we can compete with, and we know we need to add some, too. We’re going to add as many as we can to help our roster. We also want to have competition, because the more competition we have in OTAs, the more competition you have in training camp.
“If you cut some people at the end of training camp who you feel can play in the NFL, then that shows your organization is going in the right direction, and that’s really our goal.”
Veteran Torrey Smith is the 49ers' most-accomplished receiver. The six-year veteran signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the 49ers in 2015 after averaging 900 yards and 7.5 touchdowns per season in his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens.
In 12 games last season, Smith had career lows with 20 receptions for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
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."