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The 49ers put together another team effort this week to sign All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a contract extension through the 2018 season.Tight end Vernon Davis, cornerback Carlos Rogers and defensive lineman Ray McDonald restructured their contracts to provide the 49ers with the necessary cap room to award Bowman with a 7.5 million signing bonus, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Friday.Bowman, whose original four-year deal averaged 623,062 annually through 2013, signed a five-year extension this week through 2018 that averages 8.911 million annually.Because of his signing bonus, Bowman's 2012 cap figure immediately rose from 717,887 to 2.217 million, the source said.In order to fit Bowman's new deal under their salary cap, the 49ers turned to three veterans to clear nearly 2.5 million in cap space.Davis provided the biggest cap relief for the 49ers of approximately 1.2 million. Davis' 2012 cap figure went from a little over 8 million to 6.8 million. The 49ers awarded Davis a 1.48 million signing bonus and had his remaining 25,000 per game active roster bonuses for the final five regular season games designated as an OATSB item (other amount treated as signing bonus).Rogers' salary figure went from 5.5 million to 4.7 million, as he also had his per-game roster bonuses for the final five games converted to OATSB. McDonald's cap figure went from 4.154 this season to 3.6 million, as his original 2013 base salary was partially converted to an option bonus.The overall framework of those contracts did not change. Davis' contract still averages 7.35 million through 2015; Rogers' average salary is 7.325 million through 2015; and McDonald's deal averages 4.02 million through 2015.The 49ers are currently 1.442 million under the league's salary cap.
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."