The San Francisco 49ers Saturday announced they have promoted TE Cole Hikutini to the active roster from the team’s practice squad.
Hikutini (6-4, 247) originally signed with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4, 2017. He was waived on September 2 and signed to the team’s practice squad the following day.
The rookie tight end will take the place of recently released NaVorro Bowman on the active roster.
A 23-year-old native of Wilton, CA, Hikutini attended the University of Louisville where he appeared in 24 games (13 starts) and registered 69 receptions for 1,016 yards and 11 touchdowns during his two-year career with the Cardinals. In 2016, he appeared in 13 games (10 starts) and ranked fifth among tight ends in FBS with 49 receptions for 656 yards and eight touchdowns. Hikutini transferred to Louisville after spending the 2014 season at the City College of San Francisco, where he registered 40 receptions for 658 yards and four touchdowns. He transferred to CCFC after spending two years at Sacramento State.
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In 2010, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens played the last NFL down of his 15-year career. Eight years later, and weeks before a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction he won't attend, the 44-year-old is planning to return to the pro ranks, wherever that may be.
Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that Owens "100 percent" wants to play football again, and is willing to play in Canada in order to do so.
To that end, Owens activated a 10-day negotiating window with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos over the weekend, as Canadian football news site 3 Down Nation first reported on Monday and ESPN confirmed on Tuesday. That window closes on July 24, and Edmonton will relinquish his rights if they do not offer Owens a contract.
The Eskimos can retain his rights into 2019 with any offer, including one for the minimum salary of $54,000. Staroszik told ESPN that Owens is unlikely to accept a minimum contract.
Edmonton added Owens to their reserve list in June, one day after Owens posted on Instagram that he was clocked running a 40-yard dash at 4.44 and 4.43 seconds, by two separate stopwatches.
Owens last tried a pro football comeback in 2012. He played with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, and then was cut by the Seattle Seahawks in training camp that summer after catching two passes in two preseason games.
In early April, the Rams acquired Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Patriots.
On Tuesday, the team and wide receiver agreed to a five-year extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The deal is reportedly worth $80 million, but the guaranteed money is unknown at this point.
Last year with New England, Cooks registered 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Oregon State product entered the NFL in 2014 as the 20th overall pick.
The 49ers host Cooks and the Rams on Oct. 21 and play their regular season finale in Los Angeles on Dec. 30.