Veteran center Tim Barnes, who started 32 games the past two seasons with the Rams, is expected to sign as a free agent with the 49ers, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.
Barnes took part in an extended tryout last week during the 49ers’ voluntary veteran minicamp in Santa Clara. He took part in all drills, including 11-on-11 sessions. The 49ers did not draft an offensive lineman for the first time since 2009.
Barnes, 28, is one of two veteran offensive linemen the 49ers are expected to sign. The 49ers are also expected to finalize a deal with former Minnesota guard Brandon Fusco, who started all 64 games in which he appeared over the past five seasons.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch was first to report the expected signing of Barnes, while the NFL Network first reported Fusco’s expected addition.
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem.
Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.
York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements.
In front of a raucus crowd at a rally in Alabama on Friday night, President Trump had pointed words for NFL players that are kneeling and protesting during the National Anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said.
Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled before every 49ers game last season, has yet to respond to those comments. But his mom, Teresa, made her thoughts clear on Twitter Friday night.
"Guess that makes me a proud bitch!" Teresa said in response to a journalist tweeting an article with Trump's comments.