Report: 49ers among five teams interested in Terrelle Pryor

Report: 49ers among five teams interested in Terrelle Pryor

The 49ers are one of five teams to reportedly show interest in signing Cleveland Browns free-agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

Teams are allowed to begin negotiating with prospective free agents on Tuesday at 9 a.m. (PT). Contracts are not allowed to be signed until the official opening of the new league year on Thursday at 1 p.m. Pryor's agent is Drew Rosenhaus.

In his first full seasons as a wide receiver, Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns with the Browns. He spent his first three NFL seasons as a quarterback with the Raiders.

Pryor is drawing interest from the 49ers, Pittsburgh, New York Giants, Tennessee and Philadelphia, league sources told Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

The Browns remain interested in re-signing Pryor. The team opted to not tag him as their franchise player.

“Terrelle was a huge piece of what we did a year ago,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Obviously, we’re working through that. And it has to work both ways for all involved – for him, fur us and hopefully it will. Hopefully we can get that done soon.”

The 49ers signed slot receiver Jeremy Kerley to a three-year extension on Saturday. The team is also expected to pursue Washington free-agent receiver Pierre Garcon. Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery is expected to be the top receiver on the free-agent market.

After quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract on Friday, the 49ers are $90.6 million under the salary cap, according to the NFL Players Association.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."