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49ers 2017 free-agent tracker

49ers 2017 free-agent tracker

During the NFL's open-negotiating period, the 49ers were active. The team reached agreements with six known free agents:

--Quarterback Brian Hoyer
--Fullback Kyle Juszczyk
--Wide receiver Pierre Garçon
--Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin
--Tight end Logan Paulsen (as reported by CSN Bay Area's Fallon Smith)
--Linebacker Malcolm Smith

The new league began at 1 p.m. on Thursday, at which point the signings could become official.

 Here is a minute-by-minute 49ers tracker of free-agent activity:

--Wide receiver Torrey Smith, whom the 49ers released on Monday, signed a reported three-year, $15 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Smith was scheduled to make $8 million with the 49ers this season.

--Safety Antoine Bethea also was not out of a job long. Two days after the 49ers released Bethea, he found a new home in the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals. Bethea agreed to a three-year contract, the Cardinals announced.

--Kicker Phil Dawson will not be with the 49ers this season, sources told CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers appear to be focusing on free-agent kickers Greg Zuerlein or Nick Folk.

1:13 p.m. -- The Arizona Cardinals are expected to sign Dawson, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

1:15 p.m. -- Free-agent linebacker Gerald Hodges has a visit scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs, reports Pro Football Talk. Hodges started 12 games for the 49ers last season. He was suspended for the Dec. 18 game at Atlanta for breaking team rules. The club is not expected to attempt to re-sign him.

--2:24 p.m. -- The Cleveland Browns claimed former 49ers center Marcus Martin off waivers. The 49ers waived Martin on Wednesday.

--3:50 p.m. -- The 49ers announced contract agreements with the following seven free agents:

K Robbie Gould
QB Brian Hoyer
FB Kyle Juszczyk
WR Pierre Garçon
WR Marquise Goodwin
TE Logan Paulsen
LB Malcolm Smith

Gould is the only player who had not been previously reported as agreeing to terms with the 49ers. Gould, 35, appeared in just 10 games for the New York Giants last season and made all 10 of his field-goal attempts but missed three of his 23 extra-point attempts. He ranks seventh all-time in field-goal accuracy at 85.886 percent.

--8:15 p.m. -- The 49ers have reached a two-year contract agreement with wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, a league source confirmed. The NFL Network was first to report the agreement. Robinson previously played for Shanahan in Washington and Atlanta. 

--8:45 p.m. -- The 49ers reached a contract agreement with quarterback Matt Barkley, a league source confirmed. The NFL Network was first to report the agreement. Barkley, a three-year veteran, started six games for the Bears late in the season. His only victory came against the 49ers, 26-6, a game in which he completed 11 of 18 passes for 192 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

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49ERS UNSIGNED FREE AGENTS
Unrestricted

--QB Colin Kaepernick (opted out)
--QB Blaine Gabbert
--QB Christian Ponder
--QB Thad Lewis
--K Phil Dawson
--RB Shaun Draughn
--WR Quinton Patton
--WR Rod Streater
--TE Jim Dray
--G Andrew Tiller
--OL Andrew Gardner
--DT Glenn Dorsey
--DT Tony Jerod-Eddie
--DL Chris Jones
--LB Nick Bellore
--LB Michael Wilhoite
--LB Gerald Hodges
--RB DuJuan Harris (non-tendered RFA)
--DB Marcus Cromartie (non-tendered RFA)
--CB Chris Davis (non-tendered RFA)

Restricted
None

Exclusive rights
--DL Mike Purcell (tendered)
--LB Carl Bradford (tendered)

 

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

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49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

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Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.