Kirk Cousins: I did not demand a trade to the 49ers

Kirk Cousins: I did not demand a trade to the 49ers

Last Friday, Kirk Cousins signed his exclusive franchise tag with Washington.

He recently spoke with ESPN's Adam Schefter and shed some light on where things stand between him and the franchise.

[RELATED: Report: Kirk Cousins won't negotiate long-term deal with Bruce Allen]

"I've had really positive interactions with Mr. Snyder throughout this entire offseason," Cousins said. "The negotiation process in general has been very positive for me and I'm happy with how things have transpired so far. As Chris Mortensen reported -- not sure how it got it -- but I did inquire to Mr. Snyder and to Bruce Allen if there was any interest in trading me, just to try and get an understanding of their perspective.

"The answer I got back was Mr. Snyder communicated his belief in me and his desire for me to remain (with Washington), and his desire to help me by surrounding the quarterback position with all the players and coaches that you need to succeed."

Cousins then shared a story about how the person fitting his wife for shoes at a store told Cousins he heard that the quarterback demanded a trade.

"I laughed and thought, 'I don't know where that comes from because that just wasn't the case,'" Cousins told Schefter. "I just called them and asked where their perspective was and where they were coming from. And I just wanted to communicate ... somehow it can get twisted to where an employee at a store is using the word 'demand.' But that's certainly not the approach that I took."

Last week, Cousins reportedly told someone close to him that he is going to end up playing for the 49ers in 2017 or 2018.

So he isn't expecting to be with Washington long-term?

"You never know," he answered. "In this league, things change so fast and players can get blindsided all the time with decisions. They'll cut you on your birthday. They'll cut you on the day your child is born. They'll cut you on Christmas Eve. You just never know what's gonna happen.

"I'm always gonna keep an open mind so I try not to get blindsided, but from what I heard in the conversation, I felt very much supported and I felt that the owner and president of the team want me to be the quarterback there and want me to be the quarterback there for a long time."

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes he has a lot of good football ahead of him.

But he knows he is not coming to the 49ers after seven seasons with the rival Seattle Seahawks just for how he fits into defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. The 49ers signed Sherman to a three-year contract on March 10 -- one day after the Seahawks released him.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, views his job description as being a major influence and contributor to the 49ers on and off the field.

“I think it’s probably 50-50,” Sherman said Tuesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, I’m going to be asked to play at a high level, and that’s what I expect from myself and that’s what I expect to bring to this team. But outside of that, I think I bring an aspect of culture and a winning mentality.”

Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three-time first-team All-Pro. He said the commitment to winning is all-consuming. It is a mindset he helps to share with his new teammates.

“It’s about waking up and doing things that will contribute to winning later, whether it’s your diet, your sleep habits, how you treat your teammates, how you converse,” Sherman said. “Do you go out tonight or do you stay in and get some extra studying? What are you doing to help us win the game on Sunday? Just that mentality will help a lot of these people.”

There might be no young player on the 49ers in need of a good role model more than Reuben Foster, who is set to enter his second NFL season. Foster was arrested this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama. A month later, he was arrested in Los Gatos for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said no decision has yet been reached whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster.

Sherman said he has not spoken to Foster but he will be willing to be a mentor to Foster and provide him with support. Sherman said he has heard a lot of great things about Foster.

“If I can help him, I’ll do my best,” Sherman said. “I look forward to meeting him and being a teammate of his, and helping him in any way I can. To think I can change everything he does, I’d be foolish to say I could. But am I going to try my best to help him and put him in positions to be more successful in the future? Yes, I am.”