The 49ers are prepared to lose their offensive coordinator more than any time since 2005, 49ers president and CEO Jed York said Tuesday on "Chronicle Live."
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has head-coaching aspirations. He is a finalist for the Penn State vacancy, and York said he learned from the legendary Bill Walsh that turnover on the coaching staff is just part of running a good organization.RELATED: Roman sees Penn State as a 'lifetime job'
"I got to spend a little bit of time with Bill when he came back to the team as the general manager role," York said. "He always talked about if you want the best people -- you only have one head coach -- you're going to lose people."If you want to have the best people, you have to let them go. And I'd love to have Greg Roman here for our offensive coordinator for a long time. But I'm never going to hold anybody back if they're going to get a head-coaching opportunity, and that's what their dream is."The reason the 49ers are better-equipped to handle a change at offensive coordinator is because the playbook would not change. Jim Harbaugh is an offensive-minded head coach, while previous defensive-minded coaches Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary were at the mercy of their offensive coordinators."I talked about that when we were going into that coaching search, that we wanted an offensive-minded head coach because you know that if Jim is your head coach, he can step in and be the coordinator if he needs to be," York said. "I don't think that's what he's going to choose to do, but he's got the ability to do that, and you keep the continuity on offense. And for the most important position in all of sports, you need that continuity for your quarterback."
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."