Shanahan not sure if 49ers will add QB via free agency or draft

Shanahan not sure if 49ers will add QB via free agency or draft

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers reached contract agreements with two quarterbacks on the first day of free agency.

The team is not finished adding to the quarterback position to join Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, who officially signed a two-year deal on Friday evening after clearing a physical. But there is no indication Colin Kaepernick remains in the picture – even as general manager John Lynch said a week ago the 49ers were not ready to rule out his return.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract last week to become a free agent. While each of the other unsigned 49ers quarterbacks still had name plates above their lockers from last season, Kaepernick’s has been removed. It’s not clear whether he took the marker at his stall with him at the end of the season.

Lynch said last week that it was “liberating” to start new at the quarterback position and have nobody at the position under contract. The 49ers are certainly not finished adding to the position.

“We’ll continue to look,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday, as the organization welcomed seven free agents to the organization.

“You rarely take just two guys into a camp. So I have a pretty good feeling we will add more. I don’t know whether that’ll be through free agency or the draft, but there’s every avenue possible. We don’t limit ourselves to anything.”

Hoyer became the first quarterback added by the new 49ers power team of Shanahan and Lynch. Hoyer signed a two-year deal, and is the presumptive starter with a lot of decisions yet to be made.

“I’m worried about this year and that’s all I can control and that’s coming in here and being the best quarterback I can for this organization,” Hoyer said. “It’s a real exciting time.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself. Unfortunately, every time something’s kind of gone well, there’s been an injury or a bad game here or there and you just put it behind you and you keep fighting. And that’s why, as I said, an undrafted player, I’m sitting here going into my ninth year with a great chance to be the quarterback for this team and that’s all I’m looking for.”

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."