The 49ers signed Kenny Rowe, an outside linebacker from Oregon who participated in 49ers training camp a year ago.The 49ers waived safety Mark LeGree, who did not see any action on defense in the exhibition opener Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers roster stands at 89 players, one less than the maximum.Rowe joins the 49ers at a time when the team has a shortage of outside linebackers. Aldon Smith is expected to miss some time with a right hip bruise. Rookie Cam Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up a knee condition, has not returned to 100-percent health. He did not suit up for Friday's game.Also, rookie Darius Fleming is not active and is not expected to play this season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.Rowe (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) originally signed with the 49ers as undrafted rookie last year. Rowe appeared in 52 games (26 starts) in his Oregon career. He recorded 109 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He earned second-team All-Pac 10 honors as a senior.LeGree spent two weeks last season on the 49ers' practice squad.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.
On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.
Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.
Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”
Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.
Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.
Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.
Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.
If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.
Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.
Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.
If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.
Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.