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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--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)


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


Frank Gore returns home for his 14th NFL season


Frank Gore returns home for his 14th NFL season

Frank Gore is returning home to, in all likelihood, finish his professional football career.

Gore, 34, signed a one-year contract to enter his 14th NFL season with his hometown Miami Dolphins, the team announced Friday.

Gore grew up in Coconut Grove, Florida, and attended Coral Gables High School before playing collegiately at the University of Miami.

He played the first 10 NFL seasons with the 49ers and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. Gore ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,026 rushing yards – just 75 yards behind No. 4 Curtis Martin.

After rushing for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns with the 49ers, the club declined to offer him a multi-year contract following the 2014 season. Gore played the past three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Gore remains one of the most popular players in 49ers history. When asked recently if he would be willing to “retire” as a member of the 49ers after his final game, Gore reacted enthusiastically about the possibility.

1, Emmitt Smith 18,355
2, Walter Payton 16,726
3, Barry Sanders 15,269
4, Curtis Martin 14,101
5, Frank Gore 14,026

49ers increase competition for starting guard positions


49ers increase competition for starting guard positions

The 49ers are the fifth team to give Jonathan Cooper a chance after he arrived in the NFL as the No. 7 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 draft.

Cooper, 28, caught the attention of the 49ers with his career-high 13 starts last season with the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers signed him to a one-year, $4.95 million contract this week.

“We signed him to compete for one of the guard spots as a starter,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Thursday at Stanford's pro day. “He played very well in our minds for Dallas last year and kind of resurrected his career. He’s battled injuries, but we really like the way he played, and we think he’s a very good fit for what we do. So we were pleased to add him.”

The 49ers plan to take it slowly this offseason with Cooper, who underwent surgery after tearing the medial-collateral ligament in his left knee during the final game of the season. The 49ers report for the offseason program in mid-April.

The 49ers are certain to have at least two new starters on the offensive line. Former New York Giants center Weston Richburg was signed to replace Daniel Kilgore, who was subsequently traded to the Miami Dolphins. Brandon Fusco, who started 16 games at right guard, signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an unrestricted free agent.

Laken Tomlinson has a chance to hold onto a starting job. Acquired shortly before the start of the regular season in a trade from the Detroit Lions, Tomlinson quickly moved into the starting lineup at left guard and started the final 15 games. Tomlinson was a first-round draft pick of the Lions in 2015.

“Laken played very well the longer he was there,” Lynch said. “I think people forget with Laken, he came here in Week 1. He was kind of force-fed. We didn’t have many options. But we saw a guy get better throughout the season. He’ll get his opportunity.”

Joshua Garnett, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2016, spent last season on injured reserve due to an a knee injury sustained in training camp. The 49ers challenged Garnett to get in better physical condition. He has been cleared for football activity.

“Joshua Garnett has been working extremely hard, so he’ll be in that mix,” Lynch said. “He did a great job embracing the time he has last year to improve as a player. He remade his body and we're looking forward to see him get after it in the offseason.

“I think he’s excited about it. He’s feeling sexy, as he says.”

Erik Magnuson, 24, won a spot on the 49ers’ roster after signing as an undrafted rookie from Michigan. Magnuson could enter into the competition at guard. He displayed unique versatility in his first season, starting two games at right tackle before sustaining a season-ending foot injury. He can also serve as a backup center.

And, perhaps, the 49ers are not finished adding to the competition. The team owns the No. 9 overall selection, and Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson could be on the radar in the unlikely event he is not selected within the top eight picks.

When asked if the 49ers could also add another player to the mix with a draft pick, Lynch answered, “We’ll see. We’re always looking to get better there.”