Sources: 49ers will not tender any restricted free agents

Sources: 49ers will not tender any restricted free agents

The 49ers will not tender any of their three restricted free agents, making them available to sign with any team, according to league sources.

The three players who were eligible to become restricted free agents are running back DuJuan Harris, and defensive backs Marcus Cromartie and Chris Davis. The free-agent signing period begins on Thursday. NFL teams may begin negotiating with scheduled free agents on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The lowest tender for a scheduled restricted free agent to retain that player’s contract rights is a one-year deal worth $1.797 million. That tender provides the team with the right of first refusal if a player signs an offer sheet with another club.

Harris appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He carried 38 times for 138 yards, while catching eight passes for 115 yards.

Davis opened the season as the 49ers’ nickel back, appearing in four games before sustaining a torn ACL against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 6.

Cromartie appeared in 21 games with the 49ers over the past three seasons with one start.

Although Harris, Cromartie and Davis become, in effect, unrestricted free agents, they will not count for the 49ers in the compensatory formula if they sign with other teams.

The 49ers recently extended qualifying offers to nose tackle Mike Purcell and linebacker Carl Bradford as exclusive-rights free agents. Purcell and Bradford have no outside negotiating power.

Click here for the entire list of the 49ers’ free agents and offseason activity.

 

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."