SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers promoted linebacker Michael Wilhoite from the practice squad to their 53-man roster on Friday, according to agent David Canter.Canter, who represents Wilhoite, tweeted the news Friday morning:Congratulations to TeamDEC client @michaelwilhoite for being activated to the @49ers game day roster David Canter (@davidcanter) November 30, 2012The 49ers placed wide receiver Kyle Williams and running back Kendall Hunter on injured reserve this week, opening two roster spots. The 49ers activated undrafted rookie running back Jewel Hampton off the non-football injury list earlier in the week.
On Friday, the 49ers added Wilhoite, who turns 26 next week, because of his potential contributions on special teams. Wilhoite (6-foot, 240 pounds) originally was signed to the 49ers' practice squad last December after he played for the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.He started 35 games and was a three-year captain at Washburn University, an NCAA Division II school in Topeka, Kan. He had two redshirt seasons in college -- one due to an injury -- and exclusively played safety. He was converted to linebacker while with the Nighthawks.Wilhoite, who also saw action at fullback during the offseason and exhibition season, was among the 49ers' final cuts of training camp. He was immediately signed to the team's practice squad.
The 49ers worked out veteran kickers Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff earlier this season after David Akers missed two field goals on Sunday and experienced an unspecified injury to his pelvis. But Akers was seen kicking a 50-yard field goal in practice earlier this week, and has been cleared to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
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."