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Linebacker Brock Coyle returns to 49ers on multi-year deal

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Linebacker Brock Coyle returns to 49ers on multi-year deal

The 49ers on Wednesday re-signed linebacker Brock Coyle to a three-year contract, the club announced.

General manager John Lynch announced the agreement on social media: “Fired up to have you back in the fold.” Coyle was an unrestricted free agent.

Coyle, 27, started 10 of the 16 games in which he appeared for the 49ers last season. He recorded 64 tackles while taking over at middle linebacker for veteran NaVorro Bowman, who was released during the season.

“Brock stepped up big for us last season when we experienced some adversity at the linebacker position,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement. “He’s a selfless guy that does everything the right way. We’ve always known Brock to be a guy we can count on and it was great to see him play the way he did when given the opportunity.”

The 49ers originally signed Coyle to a one-year contract last offseason after he played three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Coyle was signed primarily for his contributions on special teams.

The team is also likely to add help at inside linebacker in the draft, as Reuben Foster’s status remains uncertain. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is still determining whether to file criminal charges against Foster, who was arrested in Los Gatos last month for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

Coyle's contract is valued at $8.5 million, according to the NFL Network and could pay him up to $11.5 million with $4.1 million guaranteed.

In other 49ers-related news . . . 

--Brandon Fusco, who started all 16 games for the 49ers last season at right guard, signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The deal could pay Fusco $12.75 million. The 49ers signed former New York Giants center Weston Richburg as an upgrade for the team's interior offensive line.

--The Detroit Lions signed former Seattle cornerback DeShawn Shead to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, the NFL Network reported. The 49ers were reportedly scheduled to meet with Shead after his release from Seahawks this week.

T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

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T.O. 'not actively seeking' NFL return, expounds on Hall of Fame decision

Terrell Owens still is showing off the kind of spectacular shape he is in, even at 44 years old. Just look at his social media pages, and you'll see T.O. working out with today's NFL stars and running a blazing 40-yard dash. 

Even though he's about to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is Owens looking to make a comeback? 

On Tuesday, Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that T.O. "100 percent" wants to play football again. On Wednesday at the ESPYS, the former 49ers wide receiver clarified his comments. 

Owens says he isn't "actively seeking to get into the NFL," but he did say he would entertain other opportunities with football, including the CFL. 

"I know that I do have the ability to play," Owens said, via ESPN.com. "I know everybody sees the shape that I'm in. There's a lot of athletes that play their prospective sports, but there are few guys that defy the odds. I think I'm one of those guys.

"It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to continue my career, but again, I'm not actively seeking to get into the NFL; but again, if there's an opportunity for me to play, then yeah, I will entertain that, as well as the CFL."

The hot topic with Owens lately has been his decision to not attend the Hall of Fame ceremony. Instead of being in Canton, Ohio next month, Owens will make his own speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"It's always unfortunate, and people have a lot to say when someone does something different, but what I'm doing is not wrong," he said.

Owens said he has been working every day on his acceptance speech. As far as what went into his decision to not attend the ceremony, Owens looked to legendary basketball coach John Wooden. 

"For me, I think, overall, everybody's obviously wondering what went into my decision," Owens said. "I think John Wooden said it best: 'Be more concerned about your character than your reputation.' I think what the noise is right now is more about my reputation than my actual character.

"They're making the narrative more so about me offending the Hall of Famers, and that has nothing to do with it. I respect all of those Hall of Famers that have gone in before me and going in with me and after me. It has nothing to do with those Hall of Famers."

Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

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Greg Cosell believes this 49ers player is poised for a breakout season

With the 146th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected ...

George Kittle.

The tight end from Iowa had a solid rookie season, racking up 43 catches for 515 yards and two touchdowns.

On the latest episode of the 49ers Insider Podcast with Matt Maiocco, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell was talking about Kyle Shanahan and Rams head coach Sean McVay. And then, unsolicited, Cosell pivoted the conversation to Kittle.

"You know, I think one player we should mention who I really liked coming out of college -- and I know he fought some injuries last year, but I think that he has a chance to be a really meaningul part of this offense -- and that's George Kittle," Cosell said. "I think George Kittle is a really good tight end who can do a lot of things.

"He can line up and be a really good blocking tight end -- and obviously we know that Kyle's offense does start with the run game. I think he's more athletic than people probably give him credit for.

"I remember studying him coming out of Iowa and looking at some of his combine measureables -- some were superior to those of OJ Howard from Alabama, and I think people would be surprised by that.

"In this offense, he might not catch 80 balls, but he might average 14, 15 yards a catch, and for a tight end, that's pretty darn good."

Kittle had his best game in the season finale, making four catches for 100 yards at the Rams.